FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-141—Filed August 9, 2019, 11:57 a.m., effective January 1, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2020.
Purpose: Establishing logbook requirements for game fish guides, food fish guides, and combination game fish and food fish guides.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: New WAC 220-352-245 Reporting required of licensed food fish, game fish and combination fishing guides.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 19-04-106 on February 6, 2019.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: The proposed rule had a requirement for licensed commercial fishing guides to report their guided and nonguided fishing activity to the department on a weekly basis. The adopted rule amended the reporting increment to monthly. The amended proposal for the reporting increment states, "require logbook reports to be provided to the department within ten days following any calendar month in which guide activity took place."
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 2, 2019.
Larry M. Carpenter, Chair
Fish and Wildlife Commission
WAC 220-352-245Reporting required of licensed food fish, game fish and combination fishing guides.
(1) Licensed food fish, game fish and combination fishing guides shall maintain a daily logbook of guiding activity to include:
(a) Guide name and license No. for the guide leading the trip;
(b) Date that fishing took place. For multiday trips, each day is considered a separate trip;
(c) Specific name of river, stream, or lake fished;
(d) Site code of site fished as referenced within a list provided to each guide. If multiple sites are fished on the same day, each site is considered a separate trip;
(e) Client, "comped angler" and crew current fishing license number (wild ID No.) for each person on board if required to have a license or catch record card. A comped angler is an angler that fishes without charge;
(f) Indicate if person was a crew member or if angler was "comped";
(g) Species kept or released. For salmon and steelhead specify origin (hatchery, wild) and life stage (adult, jack).
(2) Logbooks are required to be completed for each trip before offloading any fish from the vessel or if no fish were kept, complete the logbook before leaving the site.
(3) Report of daily guiding activity shall be made using the department's paper logbook or online reporting application. Logbook pages must be provided to the department or postmarked within ten days following any calendar month in which the guiding activity took place.
(4) Each day of fishing that occurs on a designated WDFW licensed guide fish vessel will be required to be recorded in the logbook. This includes any personal use or nonguided fishing trips that occur.
(5) Information collected under this section may be exempt from public disclosure to the extent provided under RCW 42.56.430
(6) Failure to report any guiding activity listed in subsections (1) through (4) of this section is an infraction, punishable under RCW 77.15.160
(7) A fishing guide, or person under the control or direction of a fishing guide, that submits false information is guilty of a gross misdemeanor, punishable under RCW 77.15.270