WSR 08-19-060

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-232 -- Filed September 12, 2008, 4:38 p.m. , effective September 14, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: September 14, 2008.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900Z; 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: Fall chinook returns to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery to date are looking positive although it's still early in the run. Through September 11, a total of 800 adult fall chinook had returned to the hatchery. Preseason, only 1,800 fish were expected to return. The hatchery escapement goal is 2,600 fish which is expected to be met based on the early returns and historic run patterns. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 12, 2008.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900Z   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Cowlitz River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective September 14 through December 31, 2008, in those waters from boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet below Mayfield Dam, special daily limit of six adult salmon of which one may be an adult Chinook. Except, effective October 1 through December 31 release adult Chinook in those waters from Blue Creek to Mill Creek.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2009:


WAC 232-28-61900Z Exceptions to statewide rules -- Cowlitz River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office