WSR 13-10-036

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 13-81 -- Filed April 25, 2013, 10:29 a.m. , effective May 1, 2013, 7:00 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: May 1, 2013, 7:00 a.m.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-05100X and 220-69-24000B; and amending WAC 220-52-051, 220-52-075, and 220-69-240.

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 2013 state/tribal shrimp harvest management plans for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound require adoption of harvest seasons contained in this emergency rule. This emergency rule (1) opens the pot fishery season for nonspot shrimp; (2) opens a Region 1 beam trawl area on May 16; and (3) reflects changes to the shrimp catch-reporting and purchase-reporting requirements. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 3, Amended 0, Repealed 2.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: April 25, 2013.

Lori Pruess

for Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-05100Y   Puget Sound shrimp pot and beam trawl fishery -- Season.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-051, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for shrimp for commercial purposes in Puget Sound except as provided for in this section:

(1) Shrimp pot gear:

(a) All waters of Shrimp Management Areas 1A, 1B, 1C, 2E, 2W, 3, 4, and 6 are open to the harvest of all non-spot shrimp species, effective immediately, until further notice, except as provided for in this section:

i) In Marine Fish/Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area (Catch Area) 22A, all waters inside and bounded by a line projected from Blakely Marina on the northwest corner of Blakely Island to Upright Head on Lopez Island, following the shoreline southerly on Lopez Island to intersect a line projected due west from Bald Bluff on Blakely Island, are closed until 7:00 a.m. June 16, 2013.

ii) All waters of Catch Areas 23A-E, 23A-W, 23A-C and the Discovery Bay Shrimp District are closed.

iii) All waters of Shrimp Management Area 1A north of a line projected at 48.31.5' N latitude are closed.

(b) It is unlawful to pull shellfish pots in more than one catch area per day.

(2) Shrimp beam trawl gear:

(a) Shrimp Management Area (SMA) 3 (outside of the Discovery Bay Shrimp District, Sequim Bay and Catch Area 23D) is open, effective immediately, until further notice. Sequim Bay includes those waters of Catch Area 25A south of a line projected west from Travis Spit on the Miller Peninsula.

(b) That portion of Catch Area 22A within SMA 1B east of a line projected 122.47W longitude and west of a line projected 122.43W longitude in Rosario Strait is open, effective immediately, until further notice.

(c) That portion of Catch Area 22A within SMA 1B will open at 7:00 a.m. May 16, 2013, until further notice.

(3) All shrimp taken under this section must be sold to licensed Washington wholesale fish dealers.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-07500L   Shellfish harvest logs.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-075, effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for vessel operators engaged in commercial harvest of shrimp from Puget Sound with shellfish pot gear to fail to report their daily catch by text message, e-mail or FAX to WDFW by 10:00 a.m. the day after the shrimp are harvested. Text message and e-mail daily catch reports must be submitted to shrimpreport@dfw.wa.gov, and FAX reports must be transmitted to FAX number 360.796.0108. Daily catch reports must include the following information as it is recorded on the fish receiving ticket: fisher name, buyer name, pounds landed per shrimp species, catch area, date of harvest, date of sale, and complete fish ticket serial number, including the first alphanumeric letter. If the fish receiving ticket is faxed as the daily harvest report, the date of harvest must be recorded on the bottom half of the ticket.

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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.
NEW SECTION
WAC 220-69-24000C   Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-69-240, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful for the original receiver of shrimp other than ghost shrimp taken from Puget Sound to fail to report in the following manner:

(1) For Puget Sound shrimp - Pot gear: All buyers of shrimp taken by pot gear (including fishers who buy their own catch) are no longer required to report the previous week's purchases by phone or FAX.

(2) Puget Sound shrimp - Trawl gear: All buyers of shrimp taken by trawl gear (including fishers who buy their own catch) must report the previous day's purchases by 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Reports must be made by text message, e-mail or FAX. Text message and e-mail reports must be submitted to shrimpreport@dfw.wa.gov, and FAX reports must be transmitted to FAX number 360.586.8408. Reports must include dealer name, fisher name, pounds sold per shrimp species, catch area, date sold, and the complete fish ticket serial number, including the first alphanumeric letter. Violation of this subsection is a gross misdemeanor, punishable under RCW 77.15.560.

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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.
REPEALER


The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed effective 7:00 a.m. May 1, 2013.


WAC 220-69-24000B Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers. (13-01)
WAC 220-52-05100X Puget Sound shrimp beam trawl fishery -- Season. (13-63)