WSR 02-06-033

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 26, 2002, 3:40 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Personal use fishing rules - closed season fishing on federally threatened or endangered fish.

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 department is proposing to establish a separate offense when a federally threatened or endangered fish is involved. This will allow the administrator of the courts to set a different bail schedule for such an offense.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None, the subject matter of this rule is enforcement of closed season fishing.

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 Bruce Bjork, Enforcement Program, Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2373. Contact by April 30, 2002, expected proposal filing May 1, 2002.

February 26, 2002

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office