WSR 00-05-040

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 10, 2000, 4:31 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Puget Sound scallop fishery licensing.

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 recent legislation designating Puget Sound commercial shrimp fisheries as limited entry fisheries will no longer allow Puget Sound scallop trawl to be licensed with a Puget Sound shrimp trawl license. An alternate license designation is needed to allow the fishery to continue.

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, State Marine Resource Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2826. Contact by April 3, 2000. Expected proposal filing April 5, 2000.

February 10, 2000

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office