WSR 02-15-003

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-143 -- Filed July 3, 2002, 2:17 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: July 3, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-23500M; and amending WAC 220-56-235.

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: The population of yelloweye rockfish in coastal waters has greatly decreased and strict conservation measures are needed to protect this species. The Pacific Fishery Management Council has established very limited harvest quotas for this species and the National Marine Fisheries Service has enacted federal regulations, which prohibit the retention of yelloweye rockfish by recreational fishers in coastal areas adjacent to Washington. This regulation is needed to comply with federal regulations and is part of an evolving package of state and federal regulations to meet conservation needs. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

July 3, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-23500N   Possession limits -- Bottomfish.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-235, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess yelloweye rockfish in those waters of Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 4. The daily limit for rockfish in Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 4 is ten of which no more then two may be canary rockfish.

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Reviser's note: The spelling error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-56-23500M Possession limits -- Bottomfish (02-41)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office