WSR 02-19-111

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-236 -- Filed September 18, 2002, 10:57 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: September 17, 2002.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing regulations.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-05100M; and amending WAC 220-52-051.

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 to meet allocation, conservation and management agreements. Closures are consistent with these elements: This regulation closes the nonspot shrimp pot fishery in Crustacean Management Region 1. Shrimp quotas are projected to be completed in the areas closed by this rule. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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

September 17, 2002

J. P. Koenings

Director

by Larry Peck


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-05100N   Puget Sound shrimp pot and beam trawl fishery -- Seasons & weekly trip limits.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-051, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for shrimp for commercial purposes in Puget Sound except as provided for in this section:

(1) Shrimp pot gear:

(a) All waters of Crustacean Management Regions 2, 3, and 6 are open to harvest of all shrimp species until further notice, excluding all shrimp districts except as provided below:

(i) Effective immediately it is unlawful to harvest shrimp for commercial purposes in Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Areas 23A-E, 23A-W, 24A, 24D, and 24C north of line from Lowell Point to East Point.

(ii) Effective immediately it is unlawful to harvest spot shrimp for commercial purposes in Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Areas 23B, 23D, 25A, 25D, 26D and Crustacean Management Region 2.

(iii) Effective immediately it is lawful to harvest all shrimp species except spot shrimp in the Discovery Bay Shrimp District portion of Marine Fish Shellfish Catch and Reporting Area 25A.

(a) There is a 10-pot per vessel limit when fishing in this portion of Catch Area 25A.

(b) For purposes of shrimp harvest allocation and catch reporting, landings from this area must be hailed as coming from the Discovery Bay Shrimp District portion of Marine Fish Shellfish Catch and Reporting Area 25A.

(b) It is unlawful for the combined total harvest of spot shrimp by a fisher and/or the fisher's alternate operator to exceed 600 pounds per week, or to exceed 300 pounds per week from Crustacean Management Region 6, except, any fisher whose weekly shrimp harvest activity is exclusively limited to Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Areas 23C, 29, and 23A-S described in ((1)(e)(f)) or any combination of these areas, shall not be subject to the weekly spot shrimp trip limit for that week. The spot shrimp trip limit accounting week is Monday through Sunday. It is unlawful to fish for any shrimp while in possession on board the fishing vessel spot shrimp harvested from the previous trip limit accounting week or weeks.

(c) It is unlawful to fish for shrimp for commercial purposes in Puget Sound using shellfish pot gear in more than one Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area per day. Fishers may move all of their shellfish pot gear from one Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area to another Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area if a harvest report is made before the shellfish pot gear is moved. The harvest activity report must be made consistent with the provisions of WAC 220-52-075 and must also include the following additional information.

(i) The number of pots being moved to a new area and the Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area that the pots are being moved to.

(d) It is unlawful to set or pull shellfish pots in one Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Area while in possession of shrimp harvested from another Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Area except shellfish pots may be set in a new fishing area subsequent to making a report as indicated in Section 1(c) above.

(e) For purposes of shrimp pot harvest allocation, fishing season, and catch reporting, that portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A south of a line due east from the international boundary to Lime Kiln Point light on San Juan Island, then south of the shores of San Juan Island, then south of a line from Cattle Point on San Juan Island to Davis Point on Lopez Island, then south of the shores of Lopez Island to Point Colville shall be considered to be part of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23A.

(f) For purposes of shrimp harvest allocation, fishing season, and catch reporting, Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Area 23A is divided into three subareas: 23A-E (east) is those waters of Catch Area 23A east of a line projected 122.59 N longitude. 23A-W (west) is those waters of Catch Area 23A east of a line projected 335 degrees true from the Dungeness lighthouse and west of a line projected 122.59N longitude. 23A-S (south) is those waters of Catch Area 23A west of a line projected 335 degrees true from the Dungeness lighthouse.

(g) For purposes of shrimp harvest allocation, fishing season, and catch reporting, Crustacean Management Region 2 is divided into two subareas: 2E; those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, and 26A-E; 2W; those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Areas 25B, 25D, and 26A-W.

(2) Shrimp beam trawl gear:

(a) Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Area 20A - open immediately until further notice.

(b) Crustacean Management Region 3 - Open until further notice, except as provided below:

(i) Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch and Reporting Area 23A-W - closed immediately until further notice.

(c) It is unlawful to fish for shrimp in Puget Sound with beam trawl gear in waters shallower than 100 feet.

(d) The following restrictions apply to shrimp trawl harvest in Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20A:

(i) Closed in waters east of a line from the southwest corner of Point Roberts to Sandy Point.

(ii) Closed in waters shallower than 20 fathoms.

(e) For purpose of shrimp trawl catch reporting, 23A East is that portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23A, east of a line projected true north from the Dungeness lighthouse. 23A West is that portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23A, west of the line described herein.

(3) It is unlawful to harvest shrimp using shellfish pot or shrimp beam trawl gear from one hour after official sunset to one hour before official sunrise.

(4) It is unlawful to fish for shrimp in Puget Sound with shellfish pot or beam trawl gear in the Discovery Bay Shrimp District, the Port Angeles Shrimp District, the Sequim Bay Shrimp District, the Hood Canal Shrimp District, and the Carr Inlet Shrimp District.

(5) All shrimp taken under this section must be sold to licensed Washington wholesale fish dealers. No fisher may land shrimp without immediate delivery to a licensed wholesale dealer or, if transferred at sea, without transfer to a licensed wholesale dealer.

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-52-05100M Puget Sound shrimp pot and beam trawl fishery -- Seasons and weekly trip limits. (02-219)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office