FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-249—Filed September 18, 2018, 4:48 p.m., effective September 18, 2018, 4:48 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend recreational salmon rules for the Yakima River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-05000X; 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: Fall Chinook and coho salmon are returning to the Yakima and Columbia rivers well below the forecast. The reduction of the daily limit to one adult will contribute in efforts to meet escapement and hatchery broodstock for fall Chinook and coho salmon in the Yakima 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 18, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-05000XFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-050, effective September 22 through October 31, 2018:
Yakima River (Benton Co.): From mouth (Hwy. 240 Bridge in Richland) to the Grant Avenue Bridge at Prosser: Salmon daily limit is 6, no more than 1 adult may be retained.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective November 1, 2018:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside. (18-249)
Reviser's note: The repealer appears above as filed by the agency pursuant to RCW 34.08.040
; however the reference to WAC 220-3112-05000X is probably intended to be WAC 220-312-05000X.