WSR 12-05-044

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 12-19 -- Filed February 10, 2012, 2:07 p.m. , effective February 18, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: February 18, 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 fishery will close to retention of sturgeon in order to reserve approximately nine hundred fish for a summer retention season in Bonneville Reservoir. This decision was made February 8, 2012, at a joint Washington-Oregon public hearing based on input received at a public meeting held December 14, 2011. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 10, 2012.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900D   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River sturgeon.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective 12:01 a.m. February 18, 2012, until further notice, it is unlawful to retain sturgeon caught in those waters of the Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam.

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