WSR 97-16-075

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

(Fisheries)

[Order 97-139--Filed August 4, 1997, 4:55 p.m., effective August 4, 1997, 9:00 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: August 1, 1997.

Purpose: Commercial fishing regulations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-33-01000P; and amending WAC 220-33-010.

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: Harvestable numbers of sturgeon are available. This season is consistent with actions of the August 1, 1997, Columbia River Compact Hearing, and will allow a directed sturgeon fishery while providing protection for salmon. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent rules in order to access the commercial sturgeon allocation and maximize economic benefits.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 0, repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.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: August 4, 1997, 9:00 p.m.

August 1, 1997

Bern Shanks

Director

NEW SECTION

WAC 220-33-01000P Columbia River seasons below Bonneville. Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-33-010, 220-33-020, and 220-33-030, it is unlawful for a person to take or possess salmon, or sturgeon taken for commercial purposes from Columbia River Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, and 1E, except as provided in the following subsections:

open area

(1) Zone 1

fishing periods

(2) 9:00 p.m. August 4 to 3:00 a.m. August 5, 1997.

gear

(3) It is unlawful to fish for salmon and sturgeon with gill net gear that:

(a) exceeds 1,500 feet in length along the corkline;

(b) is constructed of monofilament webbing;

(c) has webbing with a minimum mesh size of 9 inches and maximum size 9 3/4 inches.

(d) has lead or weight on the leadline that exceeds two pounds in any one fathom, measurement to be taken along the corkline of the net.

(4)(a) It is unlawful to gaff sturgeon

(b) White sturgeon less than 48 inches or greater than 60 inches or green sturgeon less than 48 inches or greater than 66 inches may not be retained for commercial purposes and shall be returned immediately to the water. The length of a sturgeon is the shortest distance between the tip of the nose and the extreme tip of the tail measures while the fish is lying on its side on a flat surface with its tail in a normal position.

(c) Sturgeon must be delivered to wholesale dealers and fish buyers undressed (in the round).

(d) It is unlawful for a wholesale dealer or fish buyer to possess a sturgeon from which the head and/or tail have been removed if the remaining carcass is less than 28 inches in length. A carcass length of less than 28 inches is prima facie evidence that the total length of the whole sturgeon was less than 48 inches.

(e) It is unlawful to sell unprocessed eggs from lower Columbia sturgeon.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 3:01 a.m. August 5, 1997:

WAC 220-33-01000P Columbia River seasons below Bonneville.

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