WSR 02-15-095

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-156 -- Filed July 16, 2002, 3:52 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: July 16, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-28200F; and 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: This emergency rule is necessary to keep the 2002 sport harvest of sturgeon within the 38,300 white sturgeon harvest guideline established during the preseason planning process for sturgeon fishery management. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 16, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


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

(1) Effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to retain sturgeon caught in those waters of the Columbia River from the Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam.

(2) Effective 12:01 a.m. July 25 through September 30, 2002, it is unlawful to retain sturgeon caught in those waters of the Columbia River and tributaries from Bonneville Dam downstream to the mouth.

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-56-28200F Sturgeon -- Areas and seasons. (02-146)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office