FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-10500F, 220-56-12400K, 220-56-28200L and 232-28-62100P; and amending WAC 220-56-105, 220-56-124, 220-56-282, and 232-28-621.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.12.045 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 department is in the process of adopting permanent rules that are necessary to implement the personal-use fishing plans agreed to with resource comanagers at the North of Falcon proceedings. These emergency rules are necessary to comply with agreed-to management plans. The Puget Sound sturgeon change was intended as part of the sportfishing rule-making process for 2012-2013 and is consistent with Columbia River compact action.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 4, Amended 0, Repealed 4.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 17, 2012.
(1) Puget Sound - It is unlawful to catch and release white sturgeon in Puget Sound and all Puget Sound tributaries unless the season for those waters is open for salmon or game fish.
(1) Catch Record Card Area 5: Effective beginning September 15, lawful to retain wild coho.
(2) Catch Record Card Area 7: Waters east of a line from Gooseberry Point to Sandy Point, closed September 4 through October 31.
(3) Catch Record Card Area 8-2: Waters west of Tulalip Bay and within 2,000 feet of shore from the pilings at Old Bower's Resort, to a fishing boundary marker approximately 1.4 miles northwest of Hermosa Point - immediately through September 3, open only from Friday through 11:59 a.m. Monday of each week; and September 8 through September 23, open only Saturday and Sunday of each week - Daily limit of 2 salmon. Anglers in possession of a valid two-pole endorsement may use up to two lines while fishing. September 24 through September 30 - Same rules as remainder of Area 8-2.
(4) Catch Record Card Area 10: Waters of Elliott Bay east of a line from West Point to Alki Point, closed through August 31.
(5) Catch Record Card Area 12: Waters south of Ayock Point - release wild Chinook.
The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
|WAC 220-56-10500F||River mouth definitions. (12-77)|
|WAC 220-56-12400K||Unlawful provisions -- Hoodsport Hatchery. (12-69)|
|WAC 220-56-28200L||Sturgeon -- Areas, seasons, limits and unlawful acts -- Puget Sound. (12-69)|
|WAC 232-28-62100P||Puget Sound salmon -- Saltwater seasons and daily limits. (12-69)|