WSR 10-22-043

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-286 -- Filed October 27, 2010, 4:51 p.m. , effective October 29, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: October 29, 2010.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900X; and 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 number of late-stock, hatchery coho salmon returning to the Grays River this year is larger than expected. This regulation will allow anglers additional opportunity to harvest hatchery coho, as well as hatchery winter steelhead. The fishery also will help remove hatchery-origin fish, allowing a greater proportion of wild fish onto the spawning grounds. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 27, 2010.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900X   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Grays River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective October 29 through November 30, 2010, a person may fish for salmon and steelhead in waters of the West Fork Grays River from posted markers approximately 300 yards downstream of the hatchery road bridge upstream to the water intake/footbridge. Daily limit six salmon; minimum size 12 inches in length. Up to two may be adult Chinook. All Chinook must be adipose and/or ventral fin clipped to be retained. Release wild coho, Chinook not adipose and/or ventral fin clipped, and all chum. In addition, two hatchery steelhead may be retained. Release wild steelhead and all other game fish. Night closure, anti snagging rule, and stationary gear rules remain in effect.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective December 1, 2010:


WAC 232-28-61900X Exceptions to statewide rules -- Grays River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office