FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-273—Filed November 4, 2019, 3:15 p.m., effective November 4, 2019, 3:15 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend recreational salmon rules for the Quillayute River and its tributaries.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-02000V; and amending WAC 220-312-020.
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 emergency rule is necessary to close fishing in the Quillayute River and its tributaries. Early season abundance indicators confirm the returning Quillayute River wild coho salmon run is below harvestable levels. This conservation measure is necessary to allow more fish to reach the spawning grounds in order to meet wild escapement goal. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: November 1, 2019.
WAC 220-312-02000VFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Coast.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-020, effective November 4 through November 22, 2019:
Quillayute River and tributaries: Closed waters.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective November 23, 2019:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Coast.