WSR 08-09-074

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-73 -- Filed April 16, 2008, 1:29 p.m. , effective May 1, 2008, 12:01 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: May 1, 2008, 12:01 a.m.

Purpose: Amend fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900X; and 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: Washington department of fish and wildlife predicts that 1,100 hatchery (adipose fin-clipped) spring chinook will return to the Ringold Springs Rearing Facility (RSRF) in 2008. These salmon were reared with funding from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). All of the fish were adipose fin-clipped prior to release. This is the second consecutive year for the Ringold Area Bank Fishery for spring chinook. This fishery will be intensively monitored with the objective of providing a 50:50 allocation between angler harvest and trapped adults for the CTUIR's Walla Walla reintroduction program. The fishery may be closed with little advance notice to allow sufficient numbers of fish to be trapped for the CTUIR. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: April 16, 2008.

Phil Anderson

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900X   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective May 1, 2008 through June 15, 2008, in those waters of the Columbia River adjacent to Ringold Springs Rearing Facility (in Franklin County), from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife markers 1/4 mile downstream of the Ringold irrigation wasteway outlet, to the markers 1/2 mile upstream of Ringold Springs Creek, the daily limit is two hatchery salmon, and the minimum size 12 inches in length. Fishing only from the hatchery side (east bank) and only from the bank. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective June 16, 2008:


WAC 232-28-61900X Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River (Ringold)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office