FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 97-71--Filed April 30, 1997, 3:05 p.m.]
Date of Adoption: April 30, 1997.
Purpose: Commercial fishing regulations.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-24-02000D; and amending WAC 220-24-020.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.080.
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: A harvestable quota of chinook salmon is available for troll fishermen. This regulation is adopted at the recommendation of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and is consistent with federal law.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
April 30, 1997
WAC 220-24-02000D Commercial salmon troll. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-24-010, 220-24-020 and WAC 220-24-030, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess salmon taken for commercial purposes with troll gear from those waters west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh, the Pacific Ocean and waters west of the Buoy 10 Line at the mouth of the Columbia River except as provided for in this section:
(1) Effective 12:01 a.m., May 1, 1997 it is lawful to fish for and possess salmon except coho salmon taken from these waters, except for Washington waters in a closed control zone at the mouth of the Columbia River, described as those waters inside a line projected six miles due west from North Head along 4618'00" N latitude to 12413'18" W longitude, then southerly along a line 167 true to 4611'06" N latitude and 12411'00" W (the Columbia River Buoy) then northeast along the red buoy line to the tip of the south jetty.
(2) This season will close when a chinook quota of 11,500 is taken or June 15, 1997, whichever is earlier.
(3) All salmon taken during this fishery must be sold within 24 hours of the closure of this fishery and must be landed into SMCRA's 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, or an immediately adjacent Oregon port if the later is allowed by Oregon.
(4) Lawful terminal gear is restricted to single point, single shank barbless hooks.
(5) No chinook salmon smaller than 28 inches in total length may be taken or retained in the fishery provided for herein. Except that frozen salmon taken in this fishery may be landed pursuant to WAC 220-20-015.
(6) It is unlawful to fish for or possess salmon taken for commercial purposes with gear other than troll gear.
(7) It is unlawful to land salmon taken south of Cape Falcon in any
port north of Cape Falcon, except when the waters north of Cape Falcon
are closed. It is unlawful to land chinook taken south of Cape Falcon
that are less than 26 inches in length.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is
repealed effective 11:59 p.m. June 15, 1997:
WAC 220-24-02000D Commercial slamon troll.
Reviser's note: The spelling error in the above repealer occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.