FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: February 28, 2010.
Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-27000F; and amending WAC 220-56-270.
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: Restrictive sport fisheries for eulachon smelt were adopted for the Columbia River in accordance with the Washington and Oregon eulachon management plan. Eulachon are entering some Washington coastal rivers this year. This regulation provides additional protection to the population segment by prohibiting all sport fishing for eulachon smelt other than in the Columbia River. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent regulations.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 26, 2010.
(1) Area: Mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam
Open Dates: 7 days/week through March 31, 2010
Hours: 24 hours per day
Daily limit: 10 pounds; the possession limit is equal to the daily limit
(2) Area: All other rivers
Open dates: Closed
Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective February 28, 2010:
|WAC 220-56-27000F||Smelt -- Areas and seasons. (10-15)|