WSR 97-02-092

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

(Wildlife)

[Filed December 31, 1996, 4:41 p.m., effective January 1, 1997, 12:01 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: December 31, 1996.

Purpose: Personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900Z; and amending WAC 232-28-619.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.040.

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: Reduced numbers of steelhead are available for harvest in Grays Harbor tributaries; the wild steelhead release will reduce the recreational impact to appropriate levels. These rules are consistent with the Humptulips and Chehalis steelhead management plans adopted by the department and the Quinault Indian Nation.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 1, repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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: January 1, 1997, 12:01 a.m.

December 31, 1996

Ron Swatfigure

for Bern Shanks

Director

NEW SECTION

WAC 232-28-61900A Washington game fish seasons and daily limits-regional regulation exceptions Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) The Humptulips River is closed to fishing for game fish after March 31, 1997 until further notice.

(2) Wild steelhead release is required beginning January 1, 1997 until further notice in the following waters during all open seasons:

(a) Cloquallum Creek, from mouth to second bridge on Cloquallum Road;

(b) Elk River, from the Highway 105 Bridge upstream;

(c) Hoquiam River (includes all forks);

(d) Humptulips River, from the mouth upstream to the concrete bridge on Forest Service Road between Humptulips Guard Station and Grisdale on the East Fork and to the bridge on Forest Service Road #2204 (about one-half mile above the mouth of Chester Creek on the West Fork;

(e) Johns River (includes North, South Forks);

(f) Wishkah River, from mouth to Cedar Creek;

(g) Wynoochee River, from mouth to 7400 line bridge above the mouth of Schafer Creek; and

(h) Stevens Creek, from mouth to Highway 101 Bridge.

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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective immediately:

WAC 232-28-61900Z Washington game fish seasons and daily limits-regional regulation exceptions

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