FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: May 18, 2013.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900N; 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: In-season run analysis has predicted that about four thousand salmon are currently forecast for the Icicle River. Although upper Columbia River spring chinook have been listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the salmon returning to the Icicle River are a nonendemic stock returning to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, and are not listed under the ESA. About one thousand four hundred salmon are needed to meet hatchery broodstock. The 2013 return ensures that the hatchery will meet its escapement needs; the remaining fish will be available for harvest for both the recreational and tribal harvest. Steelhead have also likely finished spawning and cleared the river prior to the season. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 15, 2013.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. August 1, 2013:
|WAC 232-28-61900N||Exceptions to statewide rules -- Icicle River (Chelan Co.)|