WSR 11-16-043

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-169 -- Filed July 27, 2011, 3:26 p.m. , effective July 27, 2011, 3:26 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing regulations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-23500X and 220-56-23500Y; and amending WAC 220-56-235.

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 purpose of this proposal is to align state regulations with federal regulations. The change reduces the state's recreational bottomfish aggregate daily limit from 15 to 12 in Marine Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4. This emergency rule is interim until permanent rules take effect.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 27, 2011.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-23500Y   Possession limits -- Bottomfish.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-235, effective immediately through August 6, 2011, it is unlawful for any person to take in any day more than the following quantities of bottomfish in waters of Marine Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4:

(1) 12 bottomfish species per day. The 12 fish in the aggregate limit of all species and species groups of bottomfish may include no more than 2 cabezon per person per day in addition to current daily sub limits for rockfish (10) and lingcod (2).

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed:

WAC 220-56-23500X Possession limits -- Bottomfish. (11-52)

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective August 7, 2011:


WAC 220-56-23500Y Possession limits -- Bottomfish.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office