WSR 02-15-030

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-144 -- Filed July 10, 2002, 4:03 p.m. , effective July 11, 2002, 12:01 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: July 10, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 232-28-619.

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 summer chinook run has exceeded the escapement goal at Bonneville Dam of 80,000 - 90,000 summer chinook and is on track to be the largest summer chinook return in forty years. Impacts to the listed Snake River component of this run are projected to be less than the management guideline of 1%. A strong run of summer chinook will pass Priest Rapids Dam in 2002. The expected spawning escapement will greatly surpass hatchery broodstock needs and allow for a significant increase over brood levels of natural escapement. This stock is stable to increasing, not listed under the Endangered Species Act, and the proposed fishery is deemed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as not likely to have negative impacts on listed fish species. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: July 11, 2002, 12:01 a.m.

July 10, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900W   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective August 1, 2002 until further notice in those waters of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 line to Rocky Point-Tongue Point Line - daily limit two salmon, both of which may be chinook.

(2) Effective July 11 through July 31, 2002, in those waters of the Columbia River from Rocky Point-Tongue Point Line to Highway 395 Bridge only adipose fin-clipped chinook may be retained. Daily limit six salmon, only two may be adults.

(3) Effective July 16 through August 15, 2002, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Columbia River from the Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline crossing upstream to Priest Rapids Dam. Daily limit is six salmon, no more than two adults. Release sockeye salmon.

(4) Effective July 16 through October 15, 2002, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Wells Dam and between the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster and Highway 17 Bridge at Bridgeport. Daily limit is six salmon, no more than two adults. Release sockeye and coho salmon.

(5) Effective July 16 through October 15, 2002, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Okanogan River downstream of the Highway 97 Bridge to the mouth. Daily limit is six salmon, no more than two adults. Release sockeye and coho salmon.

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