FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-163—Filed July 24, 2019, 3:32 p.m., effective July 24, 2019, 3:32 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend recreational salmon fishing rules for Marine Area 12.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-313-060.
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 necessary to require the release of sockeye salmon in Hood Canal. An effort to reintroduce sockeye salmon to Lake Cushman is underway. As this is the first year sockeye are returning to this program from a small release in 2017. Managers anticipate the total return to be small in number and are seeking to maximize broodstock available for the program. Therefore, sockeye retention is being closed in the marine area. Future fisheries for sockeye salmon in Marine Area 12 will be considered when a healthy sockeye run is established. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: July 24, 2019.
WAC 220-313-06000DPuget Sound salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-313-060, effective July 26 through September 30, 2019: Catch Record Card Area 12: Release all sockeye.