PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Filed January 9, 2020, 4:02 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending current Puget Sound commercial fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during North of Falcon meetings.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Puget Sound commercial salmon fishing rules are based on North of Falcon recommendations that change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals. Rule amendments to Puget Sound commercial salmon fishing rules are needed to implement the agreed-upon changes.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: NOAA Fisheries and the National Marine Fisheries Service. These agencies, as well as the Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW), the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and the Pacific Salmon Commission, all provide input and/or take part in the North of Falcon meetings and recommendations.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting WDFW Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 43152, Olympia, WA 98501, phone 360-902-2861, fax 360-902-2162, email Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov, website wdfw.wa.gov.
January 9, 2020
Jacalyn M. Hursey