WSR 02-02-035

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 01-278 -- Filed December 24, 2001, 12:14 p.m. , effective January 1, 2002, 12:01 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: December 24, 2001.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-27000L; and amending WAC 220-56-270.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

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: The smelt fishery regulations are consistent with Level 2 fisheries in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River. Level 2 fisheries are defined in part as "productivity indices are favorable, yet it is still uncertain whether the run is moderate or strong." Fisheries will be monitored inseason to assess abundance and consistency with preseason estimates of run strength. There is insufficient time to promulgate permanent regulations.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: January 1, 2002, 12:01 a.m.

December 24, 2001

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-27000L   Smelt -- Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-270, 220-56-240, 220-56-275, effective January 1, 2002 through March 31, 2002, it is unlawful to fish for or possess smelt in those waters of the Columbia River and tributaries except under the following provisions:

1) Area: Columbia River

b) Open days: 7 days/week

c) Open times: 24 hours per day

d) Gear: Dipnets

2) Area: Washington tributaries

a) Open days: Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays

b) Open times: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily

c) Gear: Dipnets

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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2002:


WAC 220-56-27000L Smelt -- Areas and seasons.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office