WSR 02-18-004

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-207 -- Filed August 21, 2002, 3:46 p.m. , effective August 24, 2002, 7:00 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: August 21, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-33000N; 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 open the remaining portion of Marine Area 7 to the recreational crab fishery except for the Alden Bank area where high percentages of soft shelled crab were observed. In other areas 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 24, 2002, 7:00 a.m.

August 21, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-33000P   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, 11, 12 and 13.

(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 7:00 a.m. August 24, 2002, until further notice, it is lawful to fish for crab for personal use in Marine Area 7 except for the Alden Bank area as defined by waters within a line drawn from the northern BG "A" buoy to the eastern green C "5" buoy and thence to the southern RG "B" buoy and thence back up to the northern BG "A" buoy.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 7:00 a.m. August 24, 2002:


WAC 220-56-33000N Crab -- Areas and seasons. (02-152)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office