WSR 02-07-004

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-41 -- Filed March 7, 2002, 11:36 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: March 6, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-23500L; and amending WAC 220-56-235.

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 population of yelloweye rockfish in coastal waters has greatly decreased and a very limited harvest quota has been established by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. This regulation is needed to comply with federal regulation which prohibit the retention of this species in adjacent coastal waters. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

March 6, 2002

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-23500M   Possession limits -- Bottomfish.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-235, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess yelloweye rockfish in those waters of Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 4. The daily limit for rockfish in Catch Record Card Areas 1 through 4 is ten of which no more then two may be canary rockfish.

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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:
WAC 220-56-23500L Possession limits -- Bottomfish (01-285)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office