WSR 11-03-032

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-04 -- Filed January 11, 2011, 1:43 p.m. , effective January 16, 2011 ]


Effective Date of Rule: January 16, 2011.

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: Emergency closure is needed to reduce incidental mortality of wild steelhead. The 2010-2011 forecast of wild steelhead returning to the Green River is only three hundred sixty-four fish, well below the spawning goal of two thousand steelhead. This closure will reduce the incidental hooking mortalities of wild steelhead. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 11, 2011.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900M   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Green River (King Co.)   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective January 16, 2011, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for game fish in waters of the Green River from the 1st Ave. South Bridge in Seattle upstream to the South 277th Bridge in Auburn.

(2) Effective February 1, 2011, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for game fish in waters of the Green River from the 277th Bridge in Auburn upstream to the Tacoma Headworks Dam.

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