WSR 02-14-025

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-130 -- Filed June 21, 2002, 4:43 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: June 21, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-33000L; and amending WAC 220-56-330.

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 emergency regulation is necessary to continue closures for softshell crab in Puget Sound. Dungeness crab meet or exceed hard shell criteria and are available for recreational harvest in Marine Areas 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 8-1 and 8-2. The daily restrictions in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 are to maintain allocation goals. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

June 21, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-33000M   Crab -- Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-330, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for crab for personal use in all waters of Puget Sound except as provided herein:

(1) Effective immediately until further notice, it is lawful to fish for crab for personal use in Marine Areas 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 12.

(2) Effective immediately until further notice, it is lawful to fish for crab for personal use in Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2. The fishery is open Fridays through Mondays.

(3) Effective 6:00 a.m. June 24, 2002 until further notice, it is lawful to fish for crab for personal use in Marine Areas 11 and 13.

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-56-33000L Crab -- Areas and seasons. (02-119)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office