WSR 08-20-065

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-249 -- Filed September 24, 2008, 3:17 p.m. , effective September 25, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: September 25, 2008.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900C; 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: There are sufficient numbers of upriver bright fall chinook, and wild Snake River fall chinook, to expand the mainstem Columbia and Snake River fall chinook fisheries and their allowable ESA impacts. Therefore, a limited fall chinook fishery for marked hatchery chinook is available within allowable limits for potential impacts upon wild fish, to open this Snake River fishery. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 24, 2008.

Loreva M. Preuss

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900C   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective September 25 through October 15, 2008, a person may fish for and possess salmon in waters of the Snake River from the Railroad Bridge crossing the Snake River about a half mile downstream of the mouth of the Tucannon River, upstream to the no-fishing zone below Little Goose Dam, and from the safety zone boundary above the dam, up to the boat launch approximately 1 mile upstream of Little Goose Dam (along the south shore). Daily limit of three hatchery Chinook salmon, of which only one may be an adult Chinook, and no more than two may be jacks. Minimum size 10 inches in length.

(a) All wild Chinook and all other salmon must be released.

(b) Barbless hooks only.

(c) Night closure is in effect.

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REPEALER


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


WAC 232-28-61900C Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office