WSR 02-10-119

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-92 -- Filed April 30, 2002, 5:00 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: April 30, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-282.

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: This rule is necessary for protection of the sturgeon population that migrates within the Columbia River between Lake Roosevelt and upstream areas in British Columbia. Research indicates that no successful reproduction is occurring in this population. Angling has already been closed in British Columbia and a recovery plan is being developed. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

April 30, 2002

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-28200E   Sturgeon -- Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-282, effective May 1, 2002 until further notice it is unlawful to fish for sturgeon in the following waters:

(1) Roosevelt Lake tributaries (between Grand Coulee Dam and State Highway 25 Bridge at Northport except Barnaby Creek, Nancy Creek and tributaries listed elsewhere in Special Rules).

(2) Rufus Woods Lake tributaries (Douglas/Okanogan Counties).

(3) San Poil River (Ferry County).

(4) Spokane River (Spokane County) - In those waters from the mouth to the Monroe Street Bridge.

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