WSR 02-15-024

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-145 -- Filed July 10, 2002, 8:13 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: July 9, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500A; and amending WAC 220-56-255.

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 increases the area open to recreational halibut fishing. The allowable quota for this area has not been taken this year and the regulation change will increase the area open to halibut fishing closer to shore. The federal government is enacting identical regulations and this regulation is needed to conform to federal rules. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 9, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500B   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily limits.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-255, it is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use except as provided for in this section:

(1) Catch Record Card Area 1: Closed until further notice

(2) Catch Record Card Area 2:

(a) Those waters south of the Queets River, south of 47 degrees, 31 minutes, 42 seconds N, north of 47 degrees 00 minutes N latitude and east of 124 degrees 40 minutes west longitude. - Open immediately through September 30.

(b) All other open waters of Area 2 - Fishing is open July 7 through July 11. Sundays through Thursdays only.

(c) Effective July 12, 2002 until further notice the following waters of Catch Record Card Area 2 are open Fridays and Saturdays only:

(i) 47 degrees, 19 minutes, 0 seconds N; 124 degrees, 53 minutes, 0 seconds W

47 degrees, 19 minutes, 0 seconds N; 124 degrees, 48 minutes, 0 seconds W

47 degrees, 16 minutes, 0 seconds N; 124 degrees, 53 minutes, 0 seconds W

47 degrees, 16 minutes, 0 seconds N; 124 degrees, 48 minutes, 0 seconds W

(ii) 47 degrees, 00 minutes N, north of 46 degrees, 38 minutes, 10 seconds N and east of 124 degrees, 27 minutes W.

(d) The daily bag limit is one halibut of any size.

(3) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Closed until further notice.

(4) Catch Record Card Area 5: Open through 11:59 p.m. July 26. Closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday. The daily bag limit is one halibut of any size.

(5) Catch Record Card Areas 6-13: Open through 11:59 p.m. July 12. Closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday. The daily bag limit is one halibut of any size.

(6) The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-56-25500A Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily limits. (02-137)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office