WSR 00-18-054

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 00-178 -- Filed August 31, 2000, 4:48 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: August 31, 2000.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-19100P and 220-56-19100Q; and amending WAC 220-56-191.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

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: This regulation is necessary to correct an error from the previous emergency regulation. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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.

August 31, 2000

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-19100Q
Puget Sound salmon seasons.

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-191, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess salmon taken for personal use from Catch Record Card Areas 5 through 13 except as provided for in this section:

In all fisheries provided for in this section the minimum size for chinook is 22 inches and there is no minimum size for other salmon.

Areas 5 and 6 - Open until further notice. Daily limit 2 salmon, except release chinook, chum and wild coho.

Area 7 - Open until further notice. Daily limit 2 salmon, not more than one of which may be a chinook salmon, except in Bellingham Bay and adjacent waters described in WAC 220-56-195(1) daily limit 4 salmon not more than one of which may be a chinook salmon, except closed in Samish Bay south of a line due east from Fish Point until further notice.

Area 8-1 - Open September 1 until further notice. Daily limit 2 salmon, except release chinook.

Areas 8-2 - Open September 16 until further notice, daily limit 2 salmon, release chinook, except:

(a) Effective immediately until further notice waters of Tulalip Bay described in WAC 220-56-191 (4)(b) open each Friday through 11:59 a.m. the following Monday, daily limit 2 salmon not more than one of which may be a chinook.

(b) Effective immediately until further notice salmon fishing is open when fishing from the beach at the Possession Point Bait Company on Whidbey Island between the boat launch railway on the north end of the bait company property and the bulkhead on the north end of the green train car structure on the south side of the bait company property. Daily limit is 2 coho only. Fishing is open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

Area 9 - Open effective September 1 through September 15, daily limit of 2 salmon release chinook and chum, except:

(a) Effective immediately until further notice open while fishing from the Edmonds Public Fishing pier, daily limit 2 salmon not more than one of which may be a chinook salmon.

(b) Effective September 1 until further notice open while fishing from the Hood Canal Fishing pontoon, daily limit 2 salmon not more than one of which may be a chinook salmon. Release chum.

Area 10 - Open through September 15, daily limit 2 salmon, release chinook salmon, except:

(a) Waters east of a line from Point Wells to Meadow Point are closed through August 31.

(b) Waters of Shilshole Bay east of a line from Meadow Point to West Point are closed until further notice.

(c) Waters east of a line from West Point to Alki Point, including waters seaward (downstream) of the mouth of the Duwamish River (First Avenue South Bridge) are closed through August 31.

(d) Effective September 1 through September 30, open when fishing from the Elliott Bay and Seacrest fishing piers, the daily limit is 2 salmon, except chinook must be released.

(e) Effective immediately through September 15, in waters of Sinclair Inlet and Port Orchard south of the Manette Bridge, south of a line projected true west from Battle Point and west of a line projected true south from Point White the daily limit may contain up to two chinook.

Area 11 - Open until further notice.

(a) Effective immediately through September 15, daily limit 2 salmon, not more than one may be a chinook.

(b) Effective September 16 until further notice, daily limit one salmon.

(c) Effective immediately until further notice, open when fishing from the Dash Point Dock and Point Defiance Boathouse Dock, daily limit 2 salmon, not more than one of which may be a chinook.

Area 12 - Closed until further notice, except:

(a) Effective immediately through August 31, open south of Ayock Point, daily limit 2 salmon, not more than one of which may be a chinook salmon, release chum salmon.

(b) Effective immediately until further notice open in waters of Quilcene and Dabob bays north of a true east line from Point Whitney to the Toandos Peninsula, daily limit of four salmon, release chinook and chum salmon.

(c) Open effective September 1 until further notice, daily limit 2 salmon, release chinook and chum salmon.

(d) The Hoodsport Hatchery fishery is managed separately under WAC 220-56-124.

Area 13 - Open until further notice. Daily limit 2 salmon, release wild coho. While fishing from the Fox Island Public Fishing Pier, daily limit 2 salmon not more than one of which may be a chinook, and release wild coho.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 6:00 p.m. August 31, 2000:


WAC 220-56-19100P Puget Sound salmon seasons. (00-166)

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 11:59 p.m. September 30, 2000:


WAC 220-56-19100Q Puget Sound salmon seasons.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office