FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-190—Filed August 10, 2018, 3:27 p.m., effective August 10, 2018, 3:27 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules for the Snake River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-05000U; and amending WAC 220-312-050.
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: This emergency rule is necessary because the 2018 Columbia River forecasted return of upriver bright adult Chinook is two hundred thousand one hundred. A significant portion of these fish are expected to return to the Snake River. Retention of hatchery fall Chinook is not expected to increase impacts to Endangered Species Act listed wild fall Chinook. Therefore, adult hatchery Chinook and jack Chinook over twelve inches may be retained in the Snake River. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 10, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-05000UFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-050, effective August 18 through October 31, 2018:
(1) Snake River: from the Burbank-to-Pasco railroad bridge at river mile 1.25 upstream to the Oregon State line:
(a) Salmon: open August 18 through October 31, 2018
(i) Daily limit 6.
(ii) Release all salmon other than adult hatchery Chinook and jack Chinook.
(b) Anglers must cease fishing for salmon and steelhead once either the daily limit for adult salmon or steelhead has been retained.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective November 1, 2017:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.