WSR 02-10-024

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-72 -- Filed April 23, 2002, 4:06 p.m. , effective April 25, 2002 ]

Date of Adoption: April 23, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900E; and amending WAC 232-28-619.

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 2002 forecast for upriver spring chinook returning to the Snake River is 168,400, with 44,900 of that total representing wild spring chinook. There are sufficient numbers of hatchery origin fish within allowable limits for potential impacts upon wild fish to open this Snake River fishery. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: April 25, 2002.

April 23, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900E   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective April 25, 2002 through May 19, 2002 in those waters of the Snake River from the Southway Bridge crossing the Snake River at Lewiston/Clarkson upstream to the Heller Bar concrete boat ramp below the confluence of the Grande Ronde River it is lawful to fish for and possess salmon. Daily limit of one hatchery chinook salmon, minimum size 12 inches in length. Fishing is allowed 4 days per week Thursday through Sunday. Fishing hours per day are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset.

(2) Effective April 25, 2002 through May 19, 2002 in those waters of the Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch upstream to the Corps of Engineers boat launch on the south bank

of the river approximately one mile upstream of Little Goose Dam it is lawful to fish for and possess salmon. Daily limit of two hatchery chinook salmon, minimum size 12 inches in length.

Fishing is allowed 4 days per week Thursday through Sunday. Fishing hours per day are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset.

(3) Anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for chinook on the Snake River. For this fishery it shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank).

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 1 hour after official sunset on May 19, 2002:


WAC 232-28-61900E Exceptions to statewide rules -- Snake River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office