FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: August 8, 2012.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900F; 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: Surplus hatchery origin Kokanee are available for harvest in Merwin Reservoir, and planted hatchery rainbow trout are available for harvest in Swift Reservoir, providing additional recreational angling opportunity. The modified landlocked-lake rules in Swift Reservoir will prohibit harvest of anadromous salmon released into the lake for reintroduction purposes and allow these fish to spawn. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 6, 2012.
(1) Merwin Reservoir - Daily limit of 10 Kokanee.
(2) Swift Reservoir - From Swift Dam to Eagle Cliff Bridge, daily limit of 10 trout. Landlocked-salmon rules in effect, except release salmon greater than 15 inches in length.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective December 1, 2012:
|WAC 232-28-61900F||Exceptions to statewide rules.|