WSR 12-07-042

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 12-37 -- Filed March 14, 2012, 2:22 p.m. , effective March 15, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: March 15, 2012.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500K; and amending WAC 220-56-255.

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: This emergency rule is needed to conform Washington's recreational bottomfish rules to federal action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: March 14, 2012.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500K   Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-255, WAC 220-56-230, and WAC 220-56-235, effective March 15 through June 15, 2012, it is permissible to take, fish for or possess rockfish, except yelloweye and canary rockfish, seaward of a line approximating the 30-fathom depth contour in Marine Area 2.

The following coordinates define the 30-fathom line:


4731.70'N lat. 12437.03'W long.;
4725.67'N lat. 12434.79'W long.;
4712.82'N lat. 12429.12'W long.;
4652.94'N lat. 12422.58'W long.;
4644.18'N lat. 12418.00'W long.;
4638.17'N lat. 12415.88'W long.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed effective June 16, 2012:


WAC 220-56-25500K Bottomfish closed areas.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office