WSR 06-17-057

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 06-199 -- Filed August 10, 2006, 10:57 a.m. , effective September 10, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-255.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-12-060 on June 2, 2006.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 9, 2006.

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck

OTS-8941.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 05-130, filed 6/24/05, effective 7/25/05)

WAC 220-56-255   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   (1) It is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use except from the areas or in excess of the amounts provided for in this section:

(a) Catch Record Card Area 1: Open May 1 through September 30. By-catch restriction: It is unlawful during any vessel trip to bring into port or land bottomfish except sablefish if the vessel has brought halibut into port or landed halibut.

(b) Catch Record Card Area 2:

(i) Those waters south of the Queets River, north of 47 and east of 12440'W - Open May 1 through September 30.

(ii) All other waters in Area 2 - Open May 1 through September 30, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Friday through 11:59 p.m. of each Saturday.

(c) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Open May 10 through September 30, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Sunday through 11:59 p.m. of each Monday. The following area southwest of Cape Flattery is closed to halibut fishing at all times:

Those waters within an eastward facing "C" shaped closed area defined as: Beginning at 4818'N. lat.; 12518'W. long., thence to 4818'N. lat.; 12459'W. long., thence to 4811'N. lat.; 12459'W. long., thence to 4811'N. lat.; 12511'W. long., thence to 4804'N. lat.; 12511'W. long., thence to 4804'N. lat.; 12459'W. long., thence to 4800'N. lat.; 12459'W. long., thence to 4800'N. lat.; 12518'W. long., thence to the point of origin.

(d) Catch Record Card Area 5 - Open May 26 through July 31, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

(e) Catch Record Card Areas 6 through 13 - Open April 14 through June 20, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

(2) Daily limit one halibut taken from state and offshore waters, except Canadian waters. See WAC 220-56-156 for limits on Canadian-origin halibut.

(3) The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit. See WAC 220-56-156 for rules on Canadian-origin halibut possession.

(4) It is unlawful to land halibut outside the catch area in which the halibut were taken, except for Canadian-origin halibut. See WAC 220-56-156 for rules on landing Canadian-origin halibut.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 05-14-035 (Order 05-130), 220-56-255, filed 6/24/05, effective 7/25/05; 03-05-057 (Order 03-24), 220-56-255, filed 2/14/03, effective 5/1/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 99-15-081 (Order 99-102), 220-56-255, filed 7/20/99, effective 8/20/99; 99-08-029 (Order 99-13), 220-56-255, filed 3/30/99, effective 5/1/99; 98-06-031, 220-56-255, filed 2/26/98, effective 5/1/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-07-078 (Order 97-53), 220-56-255, filed 3/19/97, effective 5/1/97; 95-12-027 (Order 95-46), 220-56-255, filed 5/31/95, effective 7/1/95; 94-14-069, 220-56-255, filed 7/1/94, effective 8/1/94; 93-15-011, 220-56-255, filed 7/8/93, effective 8/8/93; 93-08-034 (Order 93-20), 220-56-255, filed 3/31/93, effective 5/1/93; 89-07-060 (Order 89-12), 220-56-255, filed 3/16/89; 88-10-013 (Order 88-15), 220-56-255, filed 4/26/88; 85-10-062 (Order 85-39), 220-56-255, filed 5/1/85; 80-03-064 (Order 80-12), 220-56-255, filed 2/27/80, effective 4/1/80. Formerly WAC 220-56-071.]

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