WSR 97-02-060

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

(Fisheries)

[Order 96-214--Filed December 30, 1996, 3:35 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: December 20, 1996.

Purpose: Commercial fishing regulations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-04600D; and amending WAC 220-52-046.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080.

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 necessary to preserve fishing opportunity consistent with the state-tribal management plans for the 1996/97 coastal Dungeness crab season.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

December 20, 1996

Betty Buckley

for Bern Shanks

Director

NEW SECTION

WAC 220-52-04600D Crab seasons and areas. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-046, effective 12:01 a.m. December 29, 1996 through March 31, 1997, it is unlawful for any non-Indian fisher to retain crab taken for commercial purposes from those waters east of a line approximating the 25 fathom depth curve, from 4802'15"N - 124 50'00"W to 4807'36"N - 12451'24"W to 4820'00"N - 12450'00"W to Cape Flattery.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 11:59 p.m. March 31, 1997:

WAC 220-52-04600D Crab seasons and areas.

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