WSR 04-14-004




[ Order 04-152 -- Filed June 24, 2004, 3:20 p.m. , effective July 1, 2004, 5:00 a.m. ]

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-03000V; and amending WAC 220-52-030.

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: As described in WAC 220-56-372, this area is set-aside for experimental purposes. WDFW fishery managers and research scientists have designed a study that requires the removal of up to 40% of the harvestable razor clams from a portion of the Long Beach razor clam sanctuary. This commercial fishery is being opened to accomplish that purpose. Department staff will closely monitor this harvest. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: June 23, 2004.

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings


WAC 220-52-03000V   Razor clams.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-030, effective July 1, 2004, until further notice, it is unlawful to dig for or possess razor clams taken for commercial purposes from Washington waters except as provided for in this section:

(1) That portion of Razor Clam Area 1 starting from the southern boundary of the Long Beach Razor clam sanctuary as described in WAC 220-56-372, to a point 660 feet north, is open to the digging and possession of razor clams for commercial purposes during the following dates and times only:

a) From 5:00 a.m. July 1, 2004 to 9:00 a.m. July, 1, 2004 only;

b) From 5:30 a.m. July 2, 2004 to 9:30 a.m. July 2, 2004 only;

c) From 6:00 a.m. July 3, 2004 to 10:00 a.m. July 3, 2004 only.


Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 10:01 a.m. July 3, 2004:

WAC 220-52-03000V Razor clams.

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