PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
FISH AND WILDLIFE
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Commercial fishing rules.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department is planning on adopting the 2003 North of Falcon recommendations by expedited adoption. We have received notice that the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association will object to the Puget Sound gill net and purse seine seasons. These two rules are being withheld from the expedited adoption filing in order to allow commission review of the purse seine owners' complaint.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: No other agencies directly regulate the Puget Sound salmon seasons.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Phil Anderson, Intergovernmental Resources Manager, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2720. Contact by June 5, 2003, expected proposal filing June 6th.
April 22, 2003