FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule change is to correct a reference to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) for highly migratory species. The rule currently refers to C.F.R. Title 50, Part 660, Subpart G. It should be Subpart K.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-44-035.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.65.010, 77.12.047, and 77.04.020.
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: This emergency rule is needed to permit officers to enforce possession and landing requirements and gear restrictions for highly migratory species fisheries. The department is making the same change to the permanent rule via the expedited rule-making process.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 21, 2008.
for Jeff Koenings
(2) Except as authorized under the federal rules referenced in this subsection, it is unlawful to use drift gill net gear in state and offshore waters west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, north of the Washington-Oregon boundary, and south of the United States-Canada boundary.
(3) Violation of reporting requirements under this section is punishable pursuant to RCW 77.15.280.
(4) Violation of gear requirements under this section is punishable pursuant to RCW 77.15.520.