WSR 12-12-003

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 12-93 -- Filed May 23, 2012, 4:04 p.m. , effective May 25, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: May 25, 2012.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900U; 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: Harvestable hatchery adult summer steelhead are returning to the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers. Opening the lower portions of the South Fork Toutle and Green rivers early allows additional recreational opportunity to harvest hatchery summer steelhead returning to Columbia River tributaries in strong numbers. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 23, 2012.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900U   Exceptions to statewide rules -- South Fork Toutle and Green rivers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective May 25 through June 1, 2012, a person may fish for steelhead in waters of the South Fork Toutle River from the mouth to the 4700 Road Bridge. Daily limit of two hatchery steelhead; release wild steelhead and all other game fish. Selective gear rules are in effect.

(2) Effective May 25 through June 1, 2012, a person may fish for steelhead in waters of the Green River from the mouth to 400 feet below the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery. Daily limit of two hatchery steelhead; release wild steelhead and all other game fish. Selective gear rules are in effect.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective June 2, 2012:


WAC 232-28-61900U Exceptions to statewide rules.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office