WSR 08-01-072

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-297 -- Filed December 14, 2007, 4:07 p.m. , effective January 1, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2008.

Purpose: Amend fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.

Reasons for this Finding: Sets the annual season for recreational white sturgeon fisheries above Wauna power lines in the mainstem Columbia River and specific tributaries. Retention below the Wauna power lines is allowed under permanent regulations beginning January 1, 2008. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: December 14, 2007.

Loreva M. Preuss

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900R   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River sturgeon.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective January 1, 2008 until further notice, it is unlawful to retain sturgeon caught in those waters of the Columbia River and tributaries from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, and all adjacent Washington tributaries, except a person may fish for and retain white sturgeon Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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