WSR 02-07-095

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-52 -- Filed March 19, 2002, 4:56 p.m. , effective May 17, 2002, 4:30 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: March 19, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-12-16800B; and amending WAC 232-12-168.

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: To reduce excessive predation of kokanee salmon and cutthroat trout in Lake Chelan. Limiting the abundance of top-level predatory fish such as lake trout and chinook salmon has been identified as an important and desirable fish management strategy for Lake Chelan. By allowing a fishing contest, and a larger than normal monetary prize, more anglers will be attracted to the lake and harvest of these predatory fish will increase. The timing of the contest (May 17 - 19, 2002) will correlate well with new regulations beginning (May 1, 2002) that encourage harvest of lake trout. Collectively, the contest, the larger than average prize value, and the new regulations should have a synergistic effect that will reduce predation of kokanee salmon and cutthroat. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 17, 2002, 4:30 a.m.

March 19, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-12-16800B   Fishing contests   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC, 232-12-168; It is lawful for the Lake Chelan Sportsmen's Association to conduct a fishing contest for lake trout and landlocked chinook salmon in those waters of Lake Chelan and offer a total prize value in excess of $1,000 for either species. Hours of the fishing contest are:

May 17, 2002 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
May 18, 2002 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
May 19, 2002 4:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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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 10:01 a.m. May 19, 2002.


WAC 232-12-16800B Fishing contests

Washington State Code Reviser's Office