58th Legislature
2004 Regular Session

Passed by the House March 9, 2004
  Yeas 93   Nays 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Passed by the Senate March 4, 2004
  Yeas 47   Nays 0

President of the Senate

I, Richard Nafziger, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2431 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk

Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington




Passed Legislature - 2004 Regular Session
State of Washington58th Legislature2004 Regular Session

By House Committee on Fisheries, Ecology & Parks (originally sponsored by Representatives Upthegrove, Cooper and Chase)

READ FIRST TIME 02/10/04.   

     AN ACT Relating to Dungeness crab endorsement; amending RCW 77.32.430; creating new sections; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.


NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1   It is the intent of the legislature to optimize the management of the recreational allocation of Dungeness crab in Washington state. To accomplish this task, it is necessary to accurately and efficiently quantify the total catch by recreational fishers for Dungeness crab using data from catch record cards. Therefore, an endorsement fee on the catch record card paid at the time of purchasing a recreational fishing license will be required for Dungeness crab to specifically identify the recreational crab harvesting population. The endorsement fee will significantly improve the precision of the catch estimates by eliminating the current practice of sampling fishers who do not participate in the recreational crab fishery.

Sec. 2   RCW 77.32.430 and 2003 c 318 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
     (1) Catch record card((s)) information is necessary for proper management of the state's food fish and game fish species and shellfish resources. Catch record card administration shall be ((administered)) under rules adopted by the commission ((and issued at no charge for the)). There is no charge for an initial catch record card ((and ten dollars for)). Each subsequent or duplicate catch record card((. A duplicate catch record [card])) costs ten dollars.
     (2) A license to take and possess Dungeness crab is only valid in Puget Sound waters east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line if the fisher has in possession a valid catch record card officially endorsed for Dungeness crab. The endorsement shall cost no more than three dollars including any or all fees authorized under RCW 77.32.050.
Catch record cards issued with affixed temporary short-term charter stamp licenses are not subject to the ten-dollar charge ((as)) nor to the Dungeness crab endorsement fee provided for in this section. Charter boat or guide operators issuing temporary short-term charter stamp licenses shall affix the stamp to each catch record card issued before fishing commences. Catch record cards issued with a temporary short-term charter stamp are valid for two consecutive days.
     (((3))) (4) The department shall include provisions for recording marked and unmarked salmon in catch record cards issued after March 31, 2004.
     (((4))) (5) The funds received from the sale of catch record cards and the Dungeness crab endorsement must be deposited into the wildlife fund. The funds received from the Dungeness crab endorsement may be used only for the sampling, monitoring, and management of catch associated with the Dungeness crab recreational fisheries. Moneys allocated under this section shall supplement and not supplant other federal, state, and local funds used for Dungeness crab recreational fisheries management.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3   After the completion of one season using the Dungeness crab endorsement fee for Puget Sound recreational Dungeness crab fisheries, the department of fish and wildlife shall evaluate the effectiveness of the endorsement fee as a method for improving the accuracy of catch estimates for the Puget Sound recreational Dungeness crab fishery. The department's report shall include how the method has affected their ability to more accurately estimate the preseason allocation of the Puget Sound recreational Dungeness crab fishery and monitor in-season catch. The department shall report their findings to the appropriate committees of the legislature by May 15, 2006.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4   This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect May 15, 2004.

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