WSR 12-07-043

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 12-38 -- Filed March 14, 2012, 2:23 p.m. , effective March 17, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: March 17, 2012.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-250.

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 rule is intended to protect yelloweye and canary rockfish, two species managed under rebuilding plans by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The closure will reduce the amount of yelloweye and canary rockfish that are incidentally caught when anglers are targeting lingcod in deeper water. This rule conforms to measures approved through the Pacific Fishery Management Council and federal rules adopted by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25000Q   Lingcod -- Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-250 and WAC 220-56-255:

(1) Effective March 17, 2012, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for, retain, or possess lingcod in Catch Record Card Area 1 seaward of a line extending from 4638.17'N. lat., 12421.00'W. long. to 4625.00'N. lat., 12421.00'W. long.

(2) Effective March 17, 2012, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for, retain, or possess lingcod in Catch Record Card Area 2 seaward of a line extending from 4731.70'N. lat., 12445.00'W. long. south to 4638.17'N. lat., 12430.00'W. long. year-round, except that lingcod may be taken, retained and possessed seaward of the line on days open during the primary halibut season.

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