FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-303—Filed October 24, 2018, 3:45 p.m., effective October 26, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: October 26, 2018.
Purpose: Amends recreational fishing rules for the Dungeness River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-312-020.
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: This emergency rule is necessary to close Dungeness River fisheries downstream of the Gray Wolf River at Dungeness Forks Campground. Currently the number of coho which have returned to the Dungeness River is below preseason expectation. To help ensure escapement needs are met the river will close to angling until further notice. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 15, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-02000JFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-020, effective October 26, 2018 until further notice, the waters of the Dungeness River (Clallam Co.) from the mouth upstream to Gray Wolf River at Dungeness Forks Campground are closed to fishing.