WSR 10-06-009

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-36 -- Filed February 18, 2010, 3:09 p.m. , effective February 18, 2010, 3:09 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-04600Q; and amending WAC 220-52-046.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047, 77.04.020, and 77.70.430.

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: State crab harvest has reached agreed upon regional quotas. This closure complies with the state/treaty management plans for these regions. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 18, 2010.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-04600S   Puget Sound crab fishery -- Seasons and areas.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-046:

1) Effective immediately until further notice, it will be unlawful to fish for Dungeness Crab for commercial purposes in those waters of Crab Management Region 2 East (Marine Fish Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 25B, 25D, 26A West and 26A East).

2) Effective 7:00 p.m. on February 22, 2010 until further notice, it will be unlawful to fish for Dungeness Crab for commercial purposes in those waters of Crab Management Region 3-2 (Marine Fish Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E).

3) Effective 7:00 p.m. on February 24, 2010 until further notice, it will be unlawful to fish for Dungeness Crab for commercial purposes in those waters of Crab Management Region 3-3 (Marine Fish Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23C and 29).

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-52-04600Q Commercial crab fishery -- Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts. (10-25)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office