WSR 02-02-050

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 01-287 -- Filed December 27, 2001, 12:17 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: December 8, 2001.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-88B-030, 220-88B-040, and 220-88B-050.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 01-21-113 on October 23, 2001.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: Thirty-one days after filing.

December 24, 2001

Debbie Nelson

for Russ Cahill, Chair

Fish and Wildlife Commission

OTS-5273.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 00-152, filed 8/16/00, effective 9/16/00)

WAC 220-88B-030   Emerging commercial fishery -- Eligibility for coastal experimental fishery permits -- Terms and conditions of use -- Renewal.   (1) ((A 1999 coastal spot shrimp pot experimental fishery permit will be issued to a natural person who is the owner of a vessel that can prove by means of valid Washington fish receiving tickets that at least 1,000 round pounds of spot shrimp were taken from waters of the Pacific Ocean between 46.15.00' and 48.28.00" N. latitude with shellfish pot gear and delivered from that vessel during the period January 1, 1992, through March 30, 1998, and that coastal spot shrimp were landed from the vessel during 1996, 1997 or 1998. In order for a fish receiving ticket to be valid it must have been received by the department no later than April 15, 1998. Valid Oregon fish receiving tickets may be used to meet the qualifying criteria for issuance of a coastal spot shrimp pot experimental fishery permit specified in this subsection, provided that reasonable proof is presented to the department that the spot shrimp were taken from waters of the Pacific Ocean adjacent to the state of Washington prior to March 30, 1998, and the fish receiving tickets were received by the Oregon department of fish and wildlife no later than April 15, 1998.

(2) A 1999 coastal spot shrimp trawl experimental fishery permit will be issued to a natural person who is the owner of a vessel that can prove by means of valid Washington fish receiving tickets that at least 10,000 round pounds of spot shrimp were taken from waters of the Pacific Ocean between 46.15.00' and 48.28.00" N. latitude with trawl gear and delivered from that vessel during the period from January 1, 1992, through March 30, 1998, and that coastal spot shrimp were landed from the vessel during 1996, 1997 or 1998. In order for a fish receiving ticket to be valid it must have been received by the department no later than April 15, 1998. Valid Oregon fish receiving tickets may be used to meet the qualifying criteria for issuance of a coastal spot trawl experimental fishery permit specified in this subsection, provided that reasonable proof is presented to the department that the spot shrimp were taken from waters of the Pacific Ocean adjacent to the state of Washington prior to March 30, 1998, and the fish receiving tickets were received by the Oregon department of fish and wildlife no later than April 15, 1998.

(3) For purposes of this section, landings of spot shrimp reported as "tails" on fish receiving tickets will be converted to round pounds by multiplying the reported weight of tails by two.

(4) In the event the owner has replaced a vessel that was used during the qualifying period, the landings from the original and replacement vessels may be combined for purposes of achieving the minimum landing requirement during the qualifying period.

(5))) No individual may hold more than one Washington coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permit.

(((6))) (2) Coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permits are not transferable. Only the vessel designated in the emerging commercial fishery license and coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permit may be used to fish for or deliver spot shrimp.

(((7) After 1999,)) (3) A coastal spot shrimp ((pot)) experimental fishery permit ((or a coastal spot shrimp trawl experimental fishery permit)) will be issued only to the person who:

(a) Held such a permit the previous year; and

(b) Beginning January 1, 2001, can demonstrate by valid Washington fish receiving tickets that at least 1,000 cumulative round weight pounds of spot shrimp taken from waters of the Pacific Ocean adjacent to the state of Washington were landed from the person's vessel during the previous two calendar years. Landings of spot shrimp reported as "tails" on fish receiving tickets will be converted to round pounds by multiplying the reported weight of tails by two.

(((8) The director may convert)) (4) Effective January 1, 2003, all coastal spot shrimp experimental trawl fishery permits shall be converted to coastal spot shrimp experimental pot fishery permits.

(((9))) (5) Coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permits may be revoked by the director for failure to comply with conditions specified in the permits or violations of other fishing regulations. A coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permit shall be revoked if the emerging commercial fishery license is revoked or future fishing privileges of the licensee are suspended.

(((10))) (6) The director may issue a coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permit to another person if a permittee fails to make the requisite landings, if the person's experimental coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permit is revoked, or if no application for an emerging commercial fishery license is received by March 31st of each year. The total number of permits issued, including replacement permits, shall not exceed the number of permits issued in 1999. Selection of persons to receive replacement permits shall be by gear or gear replacement type, and replacement permits will be offered in descending order first to persons who made the largest total of Washington coastal spot shrimp landings in each gear type during the original qualifying period, and then in descending order to persons who made the largest total of Washington coastal spot shrimp landings in each gear type. If no persons with coastal spot shrimp landings wish to participate, the director may offer a replacement permit by random drawing.

(((11))) (7) Coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery permits are only valid for the year issued and expire on December 31st of the year issued with the expiration of the emerging commercial fishery license.

(((12))) (8) The total allowable catch of spot shrimp taken from Washington territorial waters west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and from adjacent waters of the Pacific Ocean during a calendar year is 250,000 pounds round weight((, and shall be equally divided between trawl and pot gear fishers,)) provided that not more than 100,000 pounds may be taken south of 4704.00' N. latitude.

(9) The allowable catch shall be equally divided between trawl and pot gear permits in 2002, except that the allowable catch may be reallocated between gear types if the allowable catch of a gear type is unlikely to be taken during ((the calendar)) that year. Beginning January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2005, the allowable catch shall be allocated as follows: 175,000 pounds available to all permit holders and 75,000 pounds available to fishers who were converted from trawl to pot permits. Beginning January 1, 2006, the allowable catch is available to all permit holders.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 00-17-107 (Order 00-152), 220-88B-030, filed 8/16/00, effective 9/16/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-01-154 (Order 98-257), 220-88B-030, filed 12/22/98, effective 1/22/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 00-152, filed 8/16/00, effective 9/16/00)

WAC 220-88B-040   Coastal spot shrimp pot experimental fishery -- Season and gear -- Species restriction.   It is unlawful to fish for spot shrimp for commercial purposes in coastal and offshore waters using shellfish pot gear except as provided in this section:

(1) Season - Open to shellfish pot gear the entire year.

(2) Gear restrictions:

(a) Maximum of 500 shellfish pots per permit.

(b) ((Effective January 1, 2001,)) Pot size is limited to a maximum 153 inch bottom perimeter and a maximum 24 inch height.

(c) ((Effective January 1, 2001,)) Shrimp pot gear must be constructed with net webbing or rigid mesh, and at least 50 percent of the net webbing or mesh covering the sides of the pot must easily allow passage of a seven-eighths inch diameter dowel.

(d) Pot gear is required to have an escape mechanism as provided for in WAC 220-52-035.

(e) Groundline end marker buoys must be floating and visible on the surface of the water, equipped with a pole, flag, radar reflector and operating light, and marked with the clear identification of the permittee.

(3) Incidental catch: It is unlawful to retain any species of finfish or shellfish taken with spot shrimp pot gear, except that it is lawful to retain octopus, squid, and up to 50 pounds round weight of other shrimp species taken with shrimp pot gear. It is lawful for persons fishing in the coastal spot shrimp experimental fishery to participate in the coastal bottomfish fishery under WAC 220-44-050, and to retain on board bottomfish taken in that fishery.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 00-17-107 (Order 00-152), 220-88B-040, filed 8/16/00, effective 9/16/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-01-154 (Order 98-257), 220-88B-040, filed 12/22/98, effective 1/22/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 00-152, filed 8/16/00, effective 9/16/00)

WAC 220-88B-050   Coastal spot shrimp trawl experimental fishery -- Season and gear -- Trawl gear restriction-pot gear restriction -- Species restriction.   It is unlawful to fish for spot shrimp for commercial purposes in coastal and offshore waters using trawl gear except as provided for in this section:

(1) Season - Open to trawl gear May 1, 2002, through November 30, 2002, except closed May 1 through June 30 north of 4654.50' and south of 4704.00' N. latitude, and closed at all times within 3 miles of shore.

(2) Gear:

(a) Fish excluder devices required.

(b) Single-layered codends only, minimum mesh one and one-half inches measured between adjacent knots. Effective January 1, 2001, minimum mesh size is two inches measured between adjacent knots.

(c) Chafing gear may encircle no more than 50 percent of the circumference of the net codend and the terminal end of chafing gear may not be attached to the codend except at the corners.

(d) Trawl gear may not be rigged such that tickler chains, or any other gear drags across the bottom in front of the mouth of the net; each roller, bobbin, disc, or similar device added to the footrope of the trawl net that is intended to make contact with the sea bottom may not be less than eight inches nor more than twenty-eight inches in diameter and must roll independently and freely.

(3) Effective January 1, 2002, spot shrimp pot gear may ((not)) be aboard any vessel designated in the coastal spot shrimp trawl experimental fishery and may be used by trawl permit holders as provided in WAC 220-88B-040.

(4) Incidental catch:

(a) It is unlawful to retain more than 50 pounds round weight of other shrimp species. It is lawful to retain octopus and squid.

(b) It is unlawful to retain salmon.

(c) It is unlawful to retain any bottomfish species except as provided for in WAC 220-44-050.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 00-17-107 (Order 00-152), 220-88B-050, filed 8/16/00, effective 9/16/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-01-154 (Order 98-257), 220-88B-050, filed 12/22/98, effective 1/22/99.]

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