FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 21-68—Filed May 19, 2021, 10:49 a.m., effective May 19, 2021, 10:49 a.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to close recreational salmon fishing in Marine Area 13.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-313-06000A.
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: Federal Endangered Species Act consultations on 2021-22 Puget Sound salmon fisheries have been completed (NMFS Consultation #WCR-2021-01008), and a biological opinion and incidental take statement have been issued. Accordingly, Marine Area 13 salmon fisheries can be reopened consistent with preseason fishing plans.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 19, 2021.
The following section of Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective immediately:
Puget Sound salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits.