WSR 00-05-026

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 9, 2000, 11:11 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial coastal spot prawn fishery.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 75.08.080.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The commercial coastal spot prawn fishery is allocated between pot and trawl harvesters. There is a gear interaction problem that needs to be addressed by allocation.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Morris Barker, Marine Resources Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2826. Contact by March 24, 2000. Expected proposal filing April 5, 2000.

February 9, 2000

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office