WSR 02-18-008

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-204 -- Filed August 21, 2002, 4:24 p.m. , effective August 24, 2002, 12:01 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: August 21, 2002.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900W; 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 catch rates for chinook at Buoy 10 are better than average and the fishery is on track to exceed preseason expectations. A strong run of summer chinook will pass Priest Rapids Dam in 2002. The expected spawning escapement will greatly surpass hatchery broodstock needs and allows for a significant increase over brood levels of natural escapement. There will be surplus fish available for harvest. This stock is stable to increasing, not listed under the Endangered Species Act, and the proposed fishery is deemed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as not likely to have negative impacts on listed fish species. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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, 12:01 a.m.

August 21, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director


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

(1) Effective August 24, 2002 until further notice in those waters of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 line to Rocky Point - Tongue Point Line - daily limit two salmon of which only one may be a chinook.

(2) Effective immediately through October 15, 2002, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Wells Dam and between the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster and Highway 17 Bridge at Bridgeport. Daily limit is six salmon, no more than two adults. Release sockeye and coho salmon.

(3) Effective immediately through October 15, 2002, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Okanogan River downstream of the Highway 97 Bridge to the mouth. Daily limit is six salmon, no more than two adults. Release sockeye and coho salmon.

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 232-28-61900W Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River. (02-144)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office