WSR 08-03-102

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed January 21, 2008, 12:46 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Changes to the Washington department of fish and wildlife's (WDFW) recreational sport fishing rules, Columbia River commercial fishing rules, coastal commercial fishing rules, and Puget Sound commercial fishing rules, resulting from North of Falcon recommendations.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules based on North of Falcon recommendations change from year-to-year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: NOAA Fisheries and the National Marine Fisheries Service. These agencies, as well as WDFW, Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and the Pacific Salmon Commission, all provide input and/or take part in the North of Falcon meetings and recommendations.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting John Long, WDFW Fish Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2733, fax (360) 902-2158, e-mail longjal@dfw.wa.gov.

Contact by March 10, 2008. Expected proposal filing on or after March 19, 2008.

January 21, 2008

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office