FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: March 14, 2009.
Purpose: Amend fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-255.
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: Canary and yelloweye rockfish are two of eight overfished groundfish stocks that are managed under rebuilding plans by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). The PFMC has adopted harvest guidelines for canary rockfish for state recreational fisheries to ensure that rebuilding goals are achieved. The two closures off of Westport that are closed to bottomfishing and halibut have been identified as yelloweye "hot spots," or areas where fishers are more likely to catch a yelloweye rockfish. This regulation closes all species of bottomfish, including halibut. These rules conform to federal regulations adopted by the PFMC. There is insufficient time to adopt 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: March 13, 2009.
for Philip Anderson
South Coast Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Areas:
Westport Offshore Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Areas: