FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-257—Filed September 21, 2018, 10:12 a.m., effective September 22, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: September 22, 2018.
Purpose: Amend Willapa Bay commercial fishery.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-354-250.
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 needed to close the commercial fishery in Willapa Bay Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 2N, 2M, 2U and 2T. Fall Chinook salmon returning to tributaries of Willapa Bay have been significantly lower than preseason predictions in all fisheries and hatchery returns are lower than needed to make egg take at this time. Managers will continue to assess Chinook returns and reopen if warranted. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 21, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-354-25000AWillapa Bay salmon fall fishery.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-354-250, effective September 22, 2018, until further notice it is unlawful to fish for commercial purposes in Willapa Bay Salmon Management and Catch reporting Areas 2N, 2M, 2U and 2T.