FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: May 25, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-05100Y and 220-69-24000C; and amending WAC 220-52-051 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 closes the pot fishery season for nonspot shrimp in Shrimp Management Area 2E, as the quota will be reached. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 23, 2013.
Puget Sound except as provided for in this section:
(1) Shrimp pot gear:
(a) All waters of Shrimp Management Areas 1A, 1B, 1C, 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 is open, effective immediately, until further notice.
(3) All shrimp taken under this section must be sold to licensed Washington wholesale fish dealers.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and FAX reports must be transmitted to FAX number 360-796-0108. 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.
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 effective 12:00 p.m. May 25, 2013.
|WAC 220-52-05100Y||Puget Sound shrimp beam trawl fishery -- Season. (13-81)|
|WAC 220-69-24000C||Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers. (13-81)|