WSR 02-20-048

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 02-245 -- Filed September 26, 2002, 8:21 a.m. , effective September 27, 2002 ]

Date of Adoption: September 25, 2002.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: 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 adult fall chinook count at McNary Dam through September 23 is 109,132 (more than twice the ten year average of 53,341) with five weeks of counting remaining. A conservative prediction of the final McNary Dam count is about 140,000 adults. The minimum management objective at McNary Dam is 43,500 adults, which includes interim spawning escapement goals for the upper Columbia River, Hanford Reach, Yakima River and Snake River, as well as Hanford Reach sport fishery harvest. The final McNary Dam count is on track to exceed the management objective by about 100,000 adult fall chinook. The large size of this run justifies additional sport harvest opportunity. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: [No information supplied by agency.]
Effective Date of Rule: September 27, 2002.

September 25, 2002

Evan Jacoby

for Jeff Koenings

Director


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

(1) Effective 12:01 a.m. September 27, 2002 through October 22, 2002 in those waters of the Columbia River from the Old Hanford townsite (wooden towers) powerline crossing to Priest Rapids Dam - daily limit six salmon of which no more than four may be adults, and of which no more than two may be coho salmon. Minimum size is 12 inches in length.

(2) Effective 12:01 a.m. September 27, 2002 through December 31, 2002 in those waters to the Columbia River from the Hwy. 395 bridge at Pasco to the Old Hanford townsite (wooden towers) powerline crossing - daily limit six salmon, of which no more than four may be adults, and of which no more than two may be coho salmon. Minimum size is 12 inches in length.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective December 31, 2002.


WAC 232-28-61900N Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office