WSR 02-15-159

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-165 -- Filed July 23, 2002, 1:56 p.m. , effective July 26, 2002 ]

Date of Adoption: July 23, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900A; 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: The run of sockeye salmon entering the Lake Washington system has been projected to number at least 400,000, and this exceeds the spawning goal of 350,000. At this level of run size, there are 25,000 harvestable sockeye available to the recreational fishery in the lake. Based on observations from the 2000 season, it is expected that this will provide an opportunity for at least one week day and a full weekend of sport fishing. Catch rates, in the fishery, and entry counts, at Ballard Locks will be assessed to determine if additional recreational opportunities can be provided beyond those addressed here. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: July 26, 2002.

July 23, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900A   Exceptions to statewide rules--Lake Washington.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective July 26, 2002 through July 28, 2002, it is unlawful to fish for or possess salmon taken from Lake Washington except as provided for in this section:

(1) Open daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset in waters east of a line extended true south from Webster Point, except closed:

(a) within 100 yards either side of the Highway 520 Bridge (Evergreen Point Floating Bridge);

(b) within 100 yards either side of the I-90 Highway Bridge;

(c) within 1000 feet of the mouth of the Cedar River.

(2) Daily limit of two sockeye salmon, and all other salmon must be released immediately with the least possible harm. Sockeye salmon are defined as Onchorhynchus nerka fifteen inches or greater in length. Onchorhynchus nerka less than fifteen inches in length are kokanee.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective July 29, 2002:


WAC 232-28-61900A Exceptions to statewide rules--Lake Washington.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office