WSR 10-03-070

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-13 -- Filed January 15, 2010, 4:26 p.m. , effective February 16, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: February 16, 2010.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 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: The closure will reduce incidental hooking mortality on wild steelhead. The 2009/2010 forecasted return of wild winter steelhead to the Skagit Basin is expected to be below the escapement floor of 6,000. There is insufficient time to adopt 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: January 15, 2010.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900N   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Skagit and Sauk rivers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective February 16, through April 30, 2010, it is unlawful to fish in waters of the Skagit River from the mouth upstream to Highway 536 (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) at Mount Vernon.

(2) Effective February 16, through May 31, 2010, it is unlawful to fish in waters of the Skagit River from the Highway 536 (Memorial Hwy. Bridge) at Mount Vernon upstream to the Gorge Powerhouse.

(3) Effective February 16 through June 4, 2010, it is unlawful to fish in waters of the Sauk River from the mouth upstream to the Whitechuck River.

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