FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-306—Filed October 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m., effective October 29, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: October 29, 2018.
Purpose: Amends commercial sea urchin rules for Puget Sound.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-75000G; and amending WAC 220-340-750.
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 sea urchin harvest in part of District 2 to prevent overharvest. Harvestable surpluses of sea urchin exist in the districts specified. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 26, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-340-75000GCommercial sea urchin fisheries.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-750, effective October 29, 2018, until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea urchins taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:
(1) The following areas are open for green sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, marine fish/shellfish catch areas 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A in Sea Urchin District 2, District 3 east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, District 4 west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude, District 6, and District 7 except all waters of Hale Passage and Wollochet Bay within the following lines: west of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Point Fosdick at 122°35 minutes west longitude to 47°14 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true west to the shoreline of Fox Island, and east of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Green Point at 122°41 minutes west longitude to 47°16.5 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true east to the shoreline of Fox Island. It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess green sea urchins smaller than 2.25 inches (size is largest test diameter exclusive of spines).
(2) The maximum cumulative landings for green sea urchins for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,500 pounds per valid designated sea urchin harvest license. Each fishery week begins Monday and ends Sunday.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 29, 2018:
Commercial sea urchin fisheries. (18-260)