FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 21-01—Filed January 4, 2021, 4:31 p.m., effective January 5, 2021]
Effective Date of Rule: January 5, 2021.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to close recreational sturgeon retention in the Columbia River, from The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-312-060.
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 needed to close white sturgeon retention in The Dalles Pool. Catches in the first three days of fishing were much higher than expected. Creel data indicates harvest has surpassed the quota of one hundred thirty-five sturgeon. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent regulations.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: January 4, 2021.
WAC 220-312-06000FFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Columbia River.
Effective January 5, 2021, until further notice, sturgeon retention in the Columbia River from The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam, is prohibited. All other provisions of WAC 220-312-060 not addressed herein remain in effect unless otherwise amended by emergency rule.