WSR 11-15-048

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-157 -- Filed July 15, 2011, 11:12 a.m. , effective July 15, 2011, 11:12 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend person use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900V; 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 Yakama Nation and Washington department of fish and wildlife are continuing the pilot study for reintroduction of anadromous sockeye salmon in the upper Cle Elum Basin that began in 2009. This year approximately three thousand adult sockeye salmon trapped at Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River have been released into Cle Elum Lake. An additional five hundred sockeye have been transported to Cooper Lake near Salmon La Sac. Very few, if any, anadromous sockeye will be smaller than sixteen inches, and few landlocked kokanee are greater than twelve inches; therefore, a 14-inch size threshold will allow the kokanee fisheries in both lakes to proceed this summer without inadvertently harvesting valuable sockeye dedicated to the reintroduction effort. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: July 15, 2011.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900V   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Cooper Lake and Cle Elum Lake (Reservoir).   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective immediately through October 31, 2011, in waters of Cle Elum and Cooper Lakes, the maximum size for kokanee is 14 inches in length.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective November 1, 2011:


WAC 232-28-61900V Exceptions to statewide rules -- Cooper Lake and Cle Elum Lake (Reservoir).

Washington State Code Reviser's Office