FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend commercial sea cucumber diving rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-07100W; and amending WAC 220-52-071.
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 amounts of sea cucumbers are available in the sea cucumber district listed. Prohibition of all diving from licensed sea cucumber harvest vessels within two days of scheduled openings discourages the practice of fishing on closed days and hiding the unlawful catch underwater until the legal opening. There is insufficient time to promulgate 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: November 16, 2012.
3:59 p.m., until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea cucumbers taken for commercial purposes, except as provided for in this section:
(1) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in Sea Cucumber District 5 on Monday through Friday of each week.
(2) In Sea Cucumber District 5, it is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially licensed sea cucumber fishing vessel on Saturday and Sunday of each week, except by written permission from the Director.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective November 16, 2012, at 3:59 p.m.:
|WAC 220-52-07100V||Sea cucumbers -- Commercial open districts and periods|