WSR 05-02-045

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed January 5, 2005, 2:20 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Adjusting the maximum bid price for a commercial sea cucumber license under the sea cucumber license reduction program (WAC 220-95-110).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.70.190.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Members of the Sea Urchin/Sea Cucumber Advisory Board (seven member board made up of current license holders in the fishery) have recommended that the maximum bid price for a sea cucumber license be adjusted upward. An increase in the maximum bid price may hasten the goal of the program. A surplus of funds currently exists in the license buyback fund account to facilitate an increased amount.

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 Frank Hawley, Licensing Division Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2453. Contact by February 17, 2005. Expected filing date is on or after February 18, 2005.

January 3, 2005

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office