WSR 02-06-025

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 25, 2002, 10:52 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Changing the maximum purchase price for sea urchin and sea cucumber licenses for the commercial fishing gear reduction program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047, 77.70.150, and 77.70.190.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The first wave of license reduction activity only produced three bids. Higher maximum bid levels will likely generate more offers to sell licenses which will meet the policy intent of the legislation and be fiscally responsible to the funding industry.

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, State Marine Resource Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2826. Contact by June 14, 2002, expected proposal filing June 19, 2002.

February 25, 2002

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office