FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-109—Filed May 23, 2019, 5:38 p.m., effective May 23, 2019, 5:38 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend Puget Sound commercial shrimp rules.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-52000A; and amending WAC 220-340-520.
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 rule is needed to amend a previous filing by adding text that was inadvertently omitted. The 2019 state/tribal shrimp harvest management plans for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound require adoption of harvest seasons contained in this emergency rule. This emergency rule (1) opens the Region 1 and Region 3 trawl fishery season; and (2) opens the pot fishery season for nonspot shrimp with weekly harvest limits. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 23, 2019.
WAC 220-340-52000BPuget Sound shrimp pot and trawl fishery—Season.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-520, immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for shrimp for commercial purposes in Puget Sound except as provided for in this section:
(1) Shrimp pot gear:
(a) All waters of Shrimp Management Areas 1A, 1B, 1C, 2E, 2W and 3 are open to the harvest of all non-spot shrimp species, effective immediately, until further notice, except as provided for in this section:
(i) All waters of Marine Fish/Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area (Catch Area) 23A-E, 23A-W, 23A-C and the Discovery Bay Shrimp District are closed.
(ii) In Catch Area 22A, all waters inside and bounded by a line projected from Blakely Marina on the northwest corner of Blakely Island to Upright Head on Lopez Island, following the shoreline southerly on Lopez Island to intersect a line projected due west from Bald Bluff on Blakely Island, are closed until 6:00 a.m. June 16, 2019.
(b) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for the combined total harvest of non-spot shrimp by a fisher or the fisher's alternate operator to exceed 600 pounds per week from Shrimp Management Areas 1A, 1B, 1C, 2E and 2W combined.
(c) Effective immediately, until further notice, the shrimp catch accounting week is Wednesday through Tuesday.
(d) It is unlawful to pull shellfish pots in more than one catch area per day.
(2) Shrimp trawl gear:
(a) Shrimp Management Area (SMA) 3 (outside of the Discovery Bay Shrimp District, Sequim Bay and Catch Area 23D) is open, effective immediately, until further notice. Sequim Bay includes those waters of Catch Area 25A south of a line projected west from Travis Spit on the Miller Peninsula.
(b) That portion of Catch Area 22A within SMA 1B east of a line projected 122.47°W longitude and west of a line projected 122.43°W longitude in Rosario Strait is open.
(c) The remaining portion of Catch Area 22A within SMA 1B will open immediately, until further notice.
(3) All shrimp taken under this section must be sold to licensed Washington State wholesale fish dealers.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective immediately:
Puget Sound shrimp pot and trawl fishery—Season. (19-84)