WSR 05-10-005

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 05-74 -- Filed April 21, 2005, 2:14 p.m. , effective May 23, 2005, 12:01 a.m. ]


Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

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 regulation is issued under the authority of the Emerging Commercial Fishery Act (RCW 77.65.400). In recent years a commercial fishery for hagfish has developed in other coastal waters and there is interest in developing this fishery in Washington. Specially modified fishing gear has been developed and there is a need to evaluate this gear. At this time, there is no need to limit participation in this fishery. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: April 20, 2005.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-88D-01000A   Designation of the hagfish pot fishery as an emerging commercial fishery.   The director designates the hagfish pot fishery as an emerging commercial fishery for which use of a vessel is required. It is unlawful to fish for, possess, or deliver hagfish taken for commercial purposes unless the fisher has a valid emerging commercial fishery license and a hagfish pot trial fishery permit.

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