FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-288—Filed October 11, 2018, 3:21 p.m., effective October 18, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: October 18, 2018.
Purpose: Amends recreational fishing 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: This emergency rule is needed to close the Yakima River salmon fishery. Fall Chinook are returning in extremely low numbers to the river. The closure is necessary to meet conservation and hatchery broodstock collection needs for fall Chinook and coho in the Yakima River Basin. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 11, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-05000YFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-050, effective October 18, 2018, until further notice:
Yakima River (Benton Co.): From mouth Hwy. 240 Bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge at Prosser: Closed to salmon fishing.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 18, 2018:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside. (18-249)