WSR 09-16-127

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed August 5, 2009, 8:47 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Recreational fishing rules for 2010/2011.

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: Fish and shellfish populations are in a constant state of flux. These rules will tailor recreational fishing opportunities and conservation efforts to existing and projected fish and shellfish populations. This will ensure healthy stocks in the future and will balance fishing and shellfishing opportunity with conservation needs. These rules also will allow the department to resolve housekeeping matters.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail Lori.Preuss@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by September 21, 2009. Expected proposal filing on or after September 23, 2009.

August 5, 2009

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office