WSR 05-12-007

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 05-102 -- Filed May 19, 2005, 10:00 a.m. , effective June 19, 2005 ]


Purpose: Amend Puget Sound crab rules and shellfish gear rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-310, 220-56-315, and 220-56-330.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-07-042 on March 10, 2005.

Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: (1) WAC 220-56-310: Amend subsection (18)(a) to read: In Area 1 except when fishing from the north jetty of the Columbia River and Areas 2, 3, and 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line - 6 male crabs.

Amend subsection (18)(b) to read: In Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, and Areas 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 - 5 male crabs.

(2) Do not adopt amendments to WAC 220-56-312.

(3) WAC 220-56-330: Amend subsection (1)(a) to read: Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, and Areas 5 and 13 - Open 7:00 a.m. June 18 through the last day in February.

Add new subsection (1)(b) to read: Waters of Area 6, those waters of Area 7 south and west of a line projected from Village Point, Lummi Island, through the navigation buoy just east of Matia Island, thence to the buoy at Clements Reef, thence to the easternmost point of Patos Island, thence running along the northern shore of Patos Island to the westernmost point of Patos Island, thence due west to the international boundary; westerly of a straight line from the northernmost tip of Sinclair Island through Lummi Rocks to Lummi Island; and west of a line projected from the southernmost point of Sinclair Island to the ferry dock at Shannon Point, and waters of Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11 and 12 - Open 7:00 a.m. July 1 through September 3, open only Wednesday through Saturday of each week, and open Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

Reletter subsection (1)(b) as (1)(c) and change opening to read: Open 7:00 a.m. July 16 through September 30, and open only Wednesday through Saturday of each week except also open Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

Reletter subsection (1)(c) as (1)(d) and change opening to read: Open 7:00 a.m. August 17 through September 30, and open only Wednesday through Saturday of each week except also open Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.

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: May 14, 2005.

Susan Yeager

for Ron Ozment, Chair

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-7926.6


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 05-15, filed 2/10/05, effective 5/1/05)

WAC 220-56-310   Shellfish -- Daily limits.   It is unlawful for any one person to take in any one day for personal use more than the following quantities and sizes of shellfish:

(1) Cockles, borers and clams in the shell, other than razor clams, geoduck clams and horse clams, 40 clams in the aggregate, or 10 pounds, whichever is achieved first except:

(a) In Skagit Bay, east of a line projected from Browns Point to Swinomish Slough entrance - diggers may additionally retain up to 20 pounds of eastern softshell clams in the shell.

(b) Willapa Bay - diggers may additionally retain up to twenty-four cockles.

(2) Razor clams: 15 clams.

(3) Geoduck clams: 3 clams.

(4) Horse clams: 7 clams.

(5) Oysters: 18 oysters, shucked and the shells left on the beach. Minimum size before shucking two and one-half inches along the longest dimension of the shell.

(6) Rock scallops: 12 scallops.

(7) Weathervane scallops: 12 scallops (over 4 inches).

(8) Spiny and pink scallops: 10 pounds or 5 quarts in the shell, in the aggregate.

(9) Shrimp: In all waters - First Saturday in May through May 31, daily limit 80 shrimp. During all other open periods total weight 10 pounds, maximum 80 spot shrimp as part of the 10 pound limit. Spot shrimp: First Saturday in May through May 31 in all waters and in Areas 1 through 3 and Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line during the remainder of the year, no minimum size; June 1 through October 15 in Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Areas 5 through 13, minimum size one and three-sixteenths inch from the base of the eyestalk to the top rear edge of the carapace.

(10) Octopus: 1 octopus.

(11) Pinto abalone: Closed statewide.

(12) Crawfish: 10 pounds in the shell. Minimum size 3 1/4 inches from tip of rostrum to tip of tail. Female crawfish with eggs or young attached to the abdomen must be released immediately.

(13) Squid: 10 pounds or 5 quarts.

(14) Sea cucumbers: 25 sea cucumbers.

(15) Red sea urchins: 18 sea urchins.

(16) Purple sea urchins: 18 sea urchins.

(17) Green sea urchins: 36 sea urchins.

(18) Dungeness crabs:

(a) In ((all waters)) Area 1 except ((the Columbia River and)) when fishing from the north jetty of the Columbia River and Areas 2, 3, and 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line - 6 male crabs.

(b) In Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, and Areas 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 - 5 male crabs.

(c) In the Columbia River upstream of a line from the outermost end of the north jetty to the exposed end of the south jetty, or when fishing from the north jetty of the Columbia River - 12 male crabs.

(19) Red rock crabs: 6 crabs.

(20) Mussels: 10 pounds in the shell, in the aggregate.

(21) Goose barnacles: 10 pounds of whole barnacles or 5 pounds of barnacle stalks.

(22) Ghost and mud shrimp: 10 dozen.

(23) King and box crab: Closed statewide.

(24) Tanner crabs: 6 crabs.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 05-05-035 (Order 05-15), 220-56-310, filed 2/10/05, effective 5/1/05; 04-17-088 (Order 04-217), 220-56-310, filed 8/16/04, effective 9/16/04; 04-07-009 (Order 04-39), 220-56-310, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04; 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), 220-56-310, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080, 77.12.040. 00-08-038 (Order 00-29), 220-56-310, filed 3/29/00, effective 5/1/00; 99-15-081 (Order 99-102), 220-56-310, filed 7/20/99, effective 8/20/99; 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), 220-56-310, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99; 98-06-031, 220-56-310, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-07-078 (Order 97-53), 220-56-310, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97; 95-04-066 (Order 95-10), 220-56-310, filed 1/30/95, effective 5/1/95; 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-310, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 92-11-012 (Order 92-19), 220-56-310, filed 5/12/92, effective 6/12/92; 90-06-026, 220-56-310, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90; 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), 220-56-310, filed 3/16/89; 88-12-025 (Order 88-28), 220-56-310, filed 5/25/88, effective 8/22/88; 88-10-013 (Order 88-15), 220-56-310, filed 4/26/88; 87-09-066 (Order 87-16), 220-56-310, filed 4/21/87; 86-24-046 (Order 86-190), 220-56-310, filed 11/26/86; 86-09-020 (Order 86-08), 220-56-310, filed 4/9/86; 85-12-046 (Order 85-57), 220-56-310, filed 6/5/85; 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), 220-56-310, filed 4/11/84; 83-04-027 (Order 83-06), 220-56-310, filed 1/27/83; 82-07-047 (Order 82-19), 220-56-310, filed 3/18/82; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-310, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 05-15, filed 2/10/05, effective 5/1/05)

WAC 220-56-315   Crabs, shrimp, crawfish -- Unlawful acts.   (1) It is unlawful to take and possess crabs, shrimp, and crawfish taken for personal use except by hand or with hand dip nets, ring nets, shellfish pots, and any hand-operated instrument that will not penetrate the shell.

(2) It is unlawful to use more than two units of gear at any one time except:

(a) In Puget Sound waters it is unlawful to use at any one time more than two units of crab gear and two additional units of shrimp gear.

(b) It is unlawful for the operator of any boat from which shrimp pots are set or pulled in Catch Record Card Areas 4 through 13 to have on board or to fish more than four shrimp pots.

(c) In the Columbia River it is unlawful to use more than three units of crab gear.

(3) It is unlawful for any person to operate a shellfish pot not attached to a buoy bearing that person's name, except that a second person may assist the pot owner in operation of the gear.

(4) It is unlawful to salvage or attempt to salvage shellfish pot gear from Hood Canal that has been lost without first obtaining a permit authorizing such activity issued by the director, and it is unlawful to fail to comply with all provisions of such permit.

(5) It is unlawful to fish for or possess crab taken for personal use from the waters of Fidalgo Bay within 25 yards of the Burlington Northern Railroad trestle connecting March Point and Anacortes.

(6) It is unlawful to fish for or possess crab taken for personal use with shellfish pot or ring net gear from the waters of Padilla Bay or Swinomish Slough within 25 yards of the Burlington Northern Railroad crossing the northern end of Swinomish Slough except from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset.

(7) It is unlawful to dig for or possess ghost or mud shrimp taken for personal use by any method except hand operated suction devices or dug by hand.

(8) One unit of gear is equivalent to one ring net or one shellfish pot. It is unlawful to have more than one unit of unattended gear attached to a buoy line or to fail to have a separate buoy for each unit of gear.

(9) ((Each unit of gear must be attached to its own buoy line and have a separate buoy for each unit of gear.)) In waters open only on certain days or certain hours during the day, except for the night closure set out in subsection (10) of this section, it is unlawful to fail to remove gear from the water when fishing for shellfish is not allowed, and it is unlawful to fail to remove gear from the water by one hour after sunset if fishing is not allowed on the next calendar day. In waters that are open continuously except for the night closure set out in subsection (10) of this section, gear may be left in the water during the night closure.

(10) ((No fisher may)) It is unlawful to set or pull shellfish pots, ring nets or star traps from a vessel in Catch Record Card Areas 1-13 from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise.

(11) It is unlawful to possess soft-shelled crab for any personal use purpose. Violation of this subsection shall be an infraction, punishable under RCW 77.15.160.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 05-05-035 (Order 05-15), 220-56-315, filed 2/10/05, effective 5/1/05; 04-07-009 (Order 04-39), 220-56-315, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04; 02-19-014 (Order 02-224), 220-56-315, filed 9/6/02, effective 10/7/02; 02-08-048 (Order 02-53), 220-56-315, filed 3/29/02, effective 5/1/02; 01-07-024 (Order 01-39), 220-56-315, filed 3/14/01, effective 4/14/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080, 77.12.040. 00-08-038 (Order 00-29), 220-56-315, filed 3/29/00, effective 5/1/00; 98-06-031, 220-56-315, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 94-14-069, 220-56-315, filed 7/1/94, effective 8/1/94; 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-315, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 92-11-012 (Order 92-19), 220-56-315, filed 5/12/92, effective 6/12/92; 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), 220-56-315, filed 3/16/89; 81-05-027 (Order 81-13), 220-56-315, filed 2/17/81, effective 4/1/81; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-315, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 05-15, filed 2/10/05, effective 5/1/05)

WAC 220-56-330   Crab -- Areas and seasons.   (1) It is unlawful to fish for or possess crab taken for personal use from Puget Sound except during the following seasons:

(a) Marine Area((s)) 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, and Areas 5((, 9, 10, 11, 12)) and 13 - Open 7:00 a.m., June ((1)) 18 through the last day in February.

(b) Waters of Area 6, those waters of Area 7 south and west of a line projected from Village Point, Lummi Island, through the navigation buoy just east of Matia Island, thence to the buoy at Clements Reef, thence to the easternmost point of Patos Island, thence running along the northern shore of Patos Island to the westernmost point of Patos Island, thence due west to the international boundary; westerly of a straight line from the northernmost tip of Sinclair Island through Lummi Rocks to Lummi Island; and west of a line projected from the southeast point of Sinclair Island to the ferry dock at Shannon Point, and waters of Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11 and 12 - Open 7:00 a.m. July 1 through September 3, open only Wednesday through Saturday of each week, and open Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

(c) Those contiguous waters of Marine Area 7 north, south and east of a line that extends from Point Francis on Portage Island, through the marker just north of Inati Bay on Lummi Island to Lummi Island, and a line that extends from the Anacortes ferry dock at Shannon Point, northward to the southeastern tip of Sinclair Island, thence from the northernmost tip of Sinclair Island through Lummi Rocks to Lummi Island (southeast Hale Pass, Bellingham Bay, Samish Bay, Padilla Bay, eastern waters of Bellingham Channel, Guemes Channel and ((Fidaldo)) Fidalgo Bay) - Open 7:00 a.m. July 16 through ((March 15)) September 30, and open only Wednesday through Saturday of each week except also open Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

(((c))) (d) Those waters of Marine Area 7 north and east of a line projected from Village Point, Lummi Island through the navigation buoy just east of Matia Island thence to the buoy at Clements Reef thence to the easternmost point of Patos Island, running along the northern shoreline of Patos Island and from the westernmost point of Patos Island due west to the international boundary and north of a line that extends from Point Francis on Portage Island, through the marker just north of Inati Bay on Lummi Island to Lummi Island - Open 7:00 a.m. August ((16)) 17 through ((April 15)) September 30, and open only Wednesday through Saturday of each week except also open Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5.

(((d) Waters of Marine Area 6 and those waters of Marine Area 7 south and west of a line projected from Village Point, Lummi Island through the navigation buoy just east of Matia Island thence to the buoy at Clements Reef thence to the easternmost point of Patos Island, running along the northern shoreline of Patos Island and from the westernmost point of Patos Island due west to the international boundary; and westerly of a straight line from the northernmost tip of Sinclair Island through Lummi Rocks to Lummi Island; and west of a line projected from the southeast point of Sinclair Island to the ferry dock at Shannon Point - Open 7:00 a.m. June 16 through last day in February.

(e) Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 - Open 7:00 a.m., the first Friday in June through September 30.))

(2) It is unlawful to fish for or possess crab taken for personal use with shellfish pot gear from Marine Areas 1, 2, 3, and Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line except during the period December 1 through September 15. Open to gear other than shellfish pot gear year-round.

(3) The Columbia River upstream from a line projected from the outermost end of the north jetty to the exposed end of the south jetty is open to crab fishing for personal use year-round.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 05-05-035 (Order 05-15), 220-56-330, filed 2/10/05, effective 5/1/05; 04-07-009 (Order 04-39), 220-56-330, filed 3/4/04, effective 5/1/04; 01-06-036 (Order 01-24), 220-56-330, filed 3/5/01, effective 5/1/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080, 77.12.040. 00-08-038 (Order 00-29), 220-56-330, filed 3/29/00, effective 5/1/00; 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), 220-56-330, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99; 98-06-031, 220-56-330, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-07-078 (Order 97-53), 220-56-330, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97; 96-11-078 (Order 96-44), 220-56-330, filed 5/13/96, effective 6/13/96; 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-330, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 90-06-026, 220-56-330, filed 2/28/90, effective 3/31/90; 86-09-020 (Order 86-08), 220-56-330, filed 4/9/86; 85-09-017 (Order 85-20), 220-56-330, filed 4/9/85; 84-09-026 (Order 84-22), 220-56-330, filed 4/11/84; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-330, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80. Formerly WAC 220-56-082.]

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