WSR 00-18-084

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed September 5, 2000, 11:02 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial fishing rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The Puget Sound commercial bottom fish fishery continues to require aggressive management. The department will be proposing rules that will affect commercial fisheries, particularly the dogfish and herring fisheries.

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 Lew Atkins, Fish Program, Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by October 19, 2000, expected proposal filing November 1, 2000.

September 5, 2000

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office