FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-0400W [220-52-04000W] and 220-52-04600H; and amending WAC 220-52-040 and 220-52-046.
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: The special management areas are listed in accordance with state/tribal management agreements. The stepped opening periods/areas will also provide for fair start provisions. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 12, 2013.
for Philip Anderson
(a) A valid Washington crab vessel inspection certificate has been issued to the delivering vessel.
(b) Vessel hold inspection certificates dated from December 30, 2012 to January 22, 2013 are only valid for the area south of 46°28.00.
(c) The vessel inspection certificate numbers are recorded on all shellfish tickets completed for coastal Dungeness crab landings through February 28, 2013.
(1) The area from US Canada Border to the WA/OR border (46°15.00) and Willapa Bay: Open.
(2) For the purposes of this order, the waters of Willapa Bay are defined to include the marine waters east of a line connecting 46°44.76 N, 124°05.76 W and 46°38.93 N, 124°04.33 W.
(3) Dungeness crab license holders, or any vessel or vessel operator designated on the license that participated in the coastal commercial Dungeness crab fishery in the waters from Point Arena, California, to Klipsan Beach, Washington (46°28.00), including Willapa Bay, before 12:01 a.m. January 24, 2013, are prohibited from:
a. Fishing in the area between Oysterville (46°33.00) and the U.S./Canada border until 8:00 A.M., February 28, 2013.
(4) The Quinault primary special management area (PSMA) is closed to fishing for Dungeness crab until further notice. The PSMA includes the area shoreward of a line approximating the 27-fathom depth curve between Raft River (47°28.00) and Copalis River (47°08.00) according to the following coordinates:
|47°28.00 N. Lat.||124°20.70 W. Lon.|
|Northwest Corner:||47°28.00 N. Lat.||124°34.00 W. Lon.|
|Southwest Corner:||47°08.00 N. Lat.||124°25.50 W. Lon.|
|47°08.00 N. Lat.||124°11.20 W. Lon.|
|47°58.00' N. Lat.||124°40.40' W. Lon.|
|•||Northwest Corner:||47°58.00' N. Lat.||124°49.00' W. Lon.|
|•||Southwest Corner:||47°40.50' N. Lat.||124°40.00' W. Lon.|
|47°40.50' N. Lat.||124°24.43' W. Lon.|
|•||Northeast Corner: Tatoosh Island|
|•||Northwest Corner:||48°19.50 N. Lat.||124°50.45 W. Lon.|
|•||Southwest Corner:||48°02.15 N. Lat.||124°50.45 W. Lon.|
|•||Southeast Corner:||48°02.15 N. Lat.||124°41.00 W. Lon.|
|•||Fax transmission to Carol Henry at 360-249-1229;|
|•||E-mail to Carol Henry at Carol.Henry@dfw.wa.gov; or|
|•||Telephone call to Carol Henry at 360-249-1296.|
Reviser's note: The unnecessary underscoring in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:
|WAC 220-52-04000W||Commercial crab fishery. Lawful and unlawful gear, methods and other unlawful acts. (13-14|
|WAC 220-52-04600H||Coastal crab seasons (13-14)|
Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.