FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 97-69--Filed April 21, 1997, 4:58 p.m.]
Date of Adoption: April 21, 1997.
Purpose: Commercial fishing regulations.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-88A-07000J; and amending WAC 220-88A-070.
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: These regulations are necessary to meet harvest allocation and conservation needs for harvestable shrimp population as identified in state/tribal management agreements. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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.
April 21, 1997
for Bern Shanks
WAC 220-88A-07000K Emerging commercial fishery--Puget Sound shrimp pot experimental fishery--Seasons and gear--Spot prawn restrictions. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-88A-070, effective immediately until further notice:
(1) It is unlawful to commercially fish for shrimp with shellfish pot gear in Marine Fish Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20B and those waters of Area 22A east of San Juan Island, north of a line projected true east from Cattle Point, west of a line from the Number 2 buoy at the entrance to Fisherman Bay to the southern tip of Shaw Island, and west of a line projected true north-south through the western tip of Crane Island.
(2) In all waters open to commercial shrimp fishing, it is unlawful
to retain spot shrimp taken with shellfish pot gear that have a carapace
length less than 30 millimeters. Carapace length is defined as the
length between the posterior middorsal margin to the posterior-most part
of the eye stalk orbit.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is
WAC 220-88A-07000J Emerging commercial fishery--Puget Sound
shrimp pot experimental fishery--Seasons and
gear--Spot prawn restrictions. (97-65)