WSR 02-22-104

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed November 6, 2002, 10:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial fishing rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Puget Sound state/tribal shellfish management plans require additional logbook detail which has been instituted by emergency rule. Making these requirements permanent will reduce rule making. In-season shrimp management is overly complex because of the lack of uniformity in management area descriptions. Redescribing the management areas will simplify the rules.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lew Atkins, Fish Program, Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by December 31, 2002, expected proposal filing January 2, 2002 [2003].

November 5, 2002

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office