FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-280—Filed October 5, 2018, 3:18 p.m., effective October 5, 2018, 3:18 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend commercial sea cucumber harvest rules for Puget Sound.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-73000I; and amending WAC 220-340-730.
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 commercial harvest of sea cucumbers in District 2 as there is no remaining surplus of sea cucumbers in District 2. Harvestable surpluses of sea cucumbers exist in the districts specified to remain open. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 5, 2018.
WAC 220-340-73000JCommercial sea cucumber fishery.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-730, effective immediately, it is unlawful to take or possess sea cucumbers taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:
(1) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in the following catch record areas of Sea Cucumber District 1, Monday through Friday of each week: 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B.
(2) The maximum cumulative landing of sea cucumbers for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,800 pounds per valid designated sea cucumber harvest license.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective immediately:
Commercial sea cucumber fishery. (18-223)