WSR 06-17-094

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 06-207 -- Filed August 15, 2006, 9:37 a.m. , effective August 16, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: August 16, 2006.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900Q; and amending WAC 232-28-619.

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: The projected sockeye run is expected to be 466,000 with an escapement goal of 350,000. The projected nontreaty harvestable share is approximately 57,000 sockeye. Daily catch limits have been low allowing additional fishing opportunity. The estimated sport catch through August 13 is approximately 43,000 sockeye. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 14, 2006.

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900Q   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Lake Washington.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, it is unlawful to take, fish for, or possess salmon taken from Lake Washington except as provided for in this section, provided that unless otherwise amended all permanent rules remain in effect:

(1) Open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset August 16 through August 20, 2006, in waters east of a line extended true south from Webster Point, except closed:

(a) within 100 yards either side of the Highway 520 Bridge (Evergreen Point Floating Bridge);

(b) within 100 yards either side of the Interstate 90 Bridge;

(c) within 1000 feet of the mouth of the Cedar River.

(2) Daily limit of four sockeye salmon, and all other salmon must be released immediately with the least possible harm. Sockeye salmon are defined as Oncorhynchus nerka fifteen inches or greater in length. Oncorhynchus nerka less than fifteen inches in length are kokanee.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. August 21, 2006:


WAC 232-28-61900Q Exceptions to statewide rules -- Lake Washington.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office