WSR 00-11-059

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 00-73 -- Filed May 12, 2000, 4:49 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 12, 2000.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-240.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 75.08.070 and 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: This rule is necessary to coordinate fishing rules in the Columbia River, reduce angler confusion and provide additional fishing opportunity. There is insufficient time to promulgate 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

May 12, 2000

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-24000D
Sturgeon -- Suspension of daily and annual limits.

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-175 and WAC 220-56-240, effective immediately until further notice in the contiguous waters of the Columbia River forming the boundary between the states of Washington and Oregon:

(1) Fishers may continue to fish for sturgeon after retaining the daily limit, provided all subsequent sturgeon are released.

(2) Fishers may continue to fish for sturgeon after retaining the annual possession limit, provided all subsequent sturgeon are released.

(3) A catch record card shall remain valid for sturgeon after the fisher has retained the ten sturgeon allowed during the license year.

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