WSR 10-24-049

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-299 -- Filed November 24, 2010, 11:36 a.m. , effective December 1, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: December 1, 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 expected return of wild winter steelhead to the Samish River is well below escapement goals. Puget Sound steelhead were listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as of May 2007. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: November 24, 2010.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900C   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Samish River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective December 1, 2010, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish in waters of the Samish River from the I-5 Bridge to the Hickson Bridge.

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