WSR 02-15-105

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-160 -- Filed July 17, 2002, 2:15 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: July 17, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500B; 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: In reviewing the average catch per day for this and last year, there is sufficient quota remaining to reopen the fishery for one day only in Catch Area 4. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 17, 2002

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500C   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) Effective immediately until further notice the following waters of Catch Record Card Area 2 bounded by the descriptions 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) South of 47 degrees, 00 minutes N, north of 46 degrees, 38 minutes, 10 seconds N and east of 124 degrees, 27 minutes W.

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

(3) Catch Record Card Area 3: - Closed until further notice.

(4) Catch Record Card Area 4: - Open 12:01 a.m. August 3 through 11:59 p.m. August 3, 2002. The daily bag limit is one halibut of any size.

(5) 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.

(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 220-56-25500B Halibut--Seasons--Daily limits. (02-145)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office