WSR 11-22-007

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-283 -- Filed October 20, 2011, 1:58 p.m. , effective October 23, 2011 ]


Effective Date of Rule: October 23, 2011.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900E; 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: Based on the Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Harvest Management Plan, the 2011 fall chinook return to the Hanford Reach is sufficient to allow additional harvest in the terminal sport fishery. The current in-season estimate for the fall chinook return to the Hanford Reach is 72,904 adults. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 20, 2011.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900E   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective October 23 through October 31, 2011, it is permissible to fish for salmon in waters of the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge upstream to the old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers. Daily limit of six salmon; up to two adults may be retained. Anglers may not continue to fish for jack salmon once the adult limit is retained. Both hatchery and wild (adipose clipped and unclipped) fall Chinook and coho can be retained during this fishery.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective November 1, 2011:


WAC 232-28-61900E Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office