FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-193—Filed August 14, 2019, 4:28 p.m., effective August 17, 2019]
Effective Date of Rule: August 17, 2019.
Purpose: Amends recreational salmon fishing rules in Puget Sound.
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 pink salmon in Catch Record Card Area 8-1. These measures are necessary to protect returning Skagit River pink salmon, allowing more fish to reach spawning grounds. Early season abundance indicators confirm that the return is below harvestable levels, escapement goals are not expected to be met. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 14, 2019.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-313-06000IPuget Sound salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-313-060, effective August 17 through October 31, 2019: Catch Record Card Area 8-1: Release all pink salmon.