WSR 00-08-014

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 24, 2000, 1:05 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Puget Sound commercial crab and shrimp rules.

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 Puget Sound commercial crab and shrimp fisheries continues to evolve in the wake of the tribal entry into these activities. Measures to balance allocation between treaty and nontreaty fishers and between commercial and recreational fisheries need to be adopted to be enforceable throughout the season.

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 Lew Atkins, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by June 29, 2000. Expected proposal filing July 5, 2000.

March 24, 2000

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office