FISH AND WILDLIFE
Date of Adoption: April 30, 2002.
Purpose: Amend personal use rules.
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: Coastal yelloweye rockfish stocks are the most significantly depressed stock of rockfish, and the harvest guideline is the lowest of all rockfish stocks. Prohibiting landing of these fish into coastal ports maintains the integrity of the Washington harvest guideline closure intended to allow a continuation of the recreational halibut fishery. This rule is interim until a permanent rule can be promulgated.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
April 30, 2002
J. P. Koenings
by Larry Peck
(1) It is unlawful to land yelloweye rockfish taken for personal use in Canada or Oregon into Catch Areas 1 through 4.
(2) It is unlawful to land more than one yelloweye rockfish taken from Canadian waters into Catch Areas 5 through 13.
(3) It is unlawful to land yelloweye rockfish taken from Catch Areas 5 through 13 into Catch Areas 1 through 4.