WSR 09-14-110

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed June 30, 2009, 2:47 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Wholesale fish dealers.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Existing penalties for wholesale fish dealers who intentionally fail to submit fish tickets and/or who commit other violations relating to accounting of commercial harvests are such that the fish dealers have little incentive to abide by department laws and rules. By strengthening these penalties and/or changing WDFW's system for imposing penalties, the department expects to see improved compliance by wholesale fish dealers, which in turn will improve WDFW's ability to manage the state's fish and shellfish resources.

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 Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, e-mail Lori.preuss@dfw.wa.gov. Expected proposal filing on or after August 19, 2009.

June 30, 2009

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office