WSR 00-11-144

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 00-78 -- Filed May 23, 2000, 4:42 p.m. , effective May 26, 2000, 6:00 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: May 23, 2000.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-325.

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: This regulation is needed to ensure an orderly fishery, manage within court-ordered sharing requirements, and to ensure conservation. The state recreational share of spot shrimp has been exceeded in the areas closed under this rule. Depth restrictions will provide opportunity to harvest available nonspot shrimp without impacting the spot shrimp resource. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 26, 2000, 6:00 p.m.

May 23, 2000

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-32500E
Shrimp--Areas and seasons.

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-325 and WAC 220-56-310:

(1) Effective 6:00 p.m. May 26, 2000 until further notice it is unlawful to harvest or possess shrimp taken for personal use in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10.

(2) Effective June 2, 2000 until further notice it is lawful to harvest or possess shrimp taken for personal use in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9, and 10 except that:

(a) It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet.

(b) Spot shrimp must be returned immediately to the water unharmed.

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