WSR 12-03-023

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 11-318 -- Filed January 5, 2012, 4:06 p.m. , effective February 1, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: February 1, 2012.

Purpose: Amend recreational 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 2011-2012 forecast of wild steelhead returning to the Skagit River system is well below the spawning goal. These closures will reduce the incidental hooking mortalities of wild steelhead. Puget Sound wild steelhead populations are listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 5, 2012.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900S   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Skagit River system.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Skagit River mainstem: From the mouth to the Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport: Closed to all fishing, effective February 1, 2012.

(2) Skagit River: From the Hwy. 530 Bridge at Rockport to the mouth of the Cascade River: Closed to all fishing, effective February 16, 2012.

(3) Skagit River: From the mouth of the Cascade River to the Gorge powerhouse at Newhalem: Closed to all fishing, effective February 1, 2012.

(4) Sauk River: From the mouth to the Whitechuck River: Closed to all fishing, effective February 1, 2012.

(5) Cascade River: From the mouth to the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge: Closed to all fishing, effective February 16, 2012.

(6) Cascade River: From the Rockport-Cascade Road Bridge upstream to the headwaters: Closed to all fishing, effective February 1, 2012.

[]

Washington State Code Reviser's Office