FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-53—Filed March 25, 2019, 4:03 p.m., effective March 25, 2019, 4:03 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amends commercial razor clam rules.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-12000C; and amending WAC 220-340-120.
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: Based on historical catches and onsite inspection, there should be adequate clams to support a twelve week commercial razor clam season. Washington department of health has confirmed biotoxin levels currently fall below the regulatory threshold. This emergency rule is needed to open the commercial razor clam season in Razor Clam Area 2. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: March 25, 2019.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-340-12000CCommercial razor clams.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-120, effective April 1 through June 24, 2019, a person may dig for and possess razor clams for commercial purposes only in those waters and detached beaches of Razor Clam Area 2 lying south of the Willapa Bay Ship Channel, west of Ellen Sands, and north of the tip of Leadbetter Point.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective June 25, 2019:
Commercial razor clams.