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                                                   HOUSE BILL NO. 2942



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State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1990 Regular Session


By Representatives R. King, Ballard, R. Meyers, Rayburn, McLean, Bowman, Peery, Basich, P. King, Scott, Cole, Crane, Rasmussen, O'Brien, Hine and Dellwo



Read first time 1/26/90 and referred to Committee on Fisheries & Wildlife.



AN ACT Relating to progress reports on the recreational fisheries enhancement plan; and adding new sections to chapter 75.08 RCW.




          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.     The legislature is aware that the Washington state department of fisheries introduced a broad new program titled "The Recreational Fishery Enhancement Plan" in October of 1989.  The declared purpose of the plan is to emphasize recreational opportunities and develop the plan with emphasis on recreational salmon fishing.

          The plan boldly adopts, as its chief goal, Governor Gardner's personal objective:  Make Washington the recreational fishing capital of the nation.  The director states this will be accomplished through a series of regional programs.  The legislature commends the director for his recreational fishery enhancement plan and the various concepts it contains to meet the need for recreational emphasis.

          The legislature recognizes that any plan such as the recreational fishery enhancement plan requires creative thinking, innovation, commitment, allocation of appropriate resources, and risk taking.  Certain failures may occur in aspects of the programs but only through such far-sighted acceptance of risks will success be achieved.

          Because of the importance of this effort to the state of Washington, the legislature and the thousands of Washington recreational fishers must be kept informed as to the progress and success of the recreational fishery enhancement plan.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.     The director shall report to the governor and the appropriate legislative committees regarding its progress on the recreational fishery enhancement plan giving the following minimum information:

          (1) By July 1, 1990, and by July 1st each succeeding year a report shall include:

          (a) Progress on all programs within the plan that are referred to as already underway; and

          (b) Specific anticipated needs for additional FTE's, additional capital funds or other needed resources, including whether or not current budgetary dollars are sufficient.

          (2) By November 1, 1990, and by November 1st each succeeding year a report shall provide the many specificities omitted from the recreational fishery enhancement plan.  They include but are not limited to the following:

          (a) The name of the person assigned the responsibility and accountability for over-all management of the recreational fishery enhancement plan.

          (b) The name of the person responsible and accountable for management of each regional program.

          (c) The anticipated yearly costs related to each regional program.

          (d) The specific dates relative to attainment of the recreational fishery enhancement plan goals, including a time-line program by region.

          (e) Criteria used for measurement of the successful attainment of the recreational fishery enhancement plan.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.     Sections 1 and 2 of this act are each added to chapter 75.08 RCW.

                                                                                                                      Passed the House February 13, 1990.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                      Passed the Senate February 28, 1990.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.