WSR 05-16-077




[ Order 05-162 -- Filed August 1, 2005, 2:23 p.m. , effective August 5, 2005, 12:01 a.m. ]

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-56-230.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.240.

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: Canary rockfish are one of eight overfished groundfish stocks, which are managed under rebuilding plans by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Pacific council has adopted harvest guidelines for canary rockfish for state recreational fisheries to ensure that rebuilding goals are met. Management measures to achieve these rebuilding goals include prohibiting the retention of canary rockfish in recreational fisheries to encourage conservation of the stock and discourage targeting by anglers. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: August 1, 2005.

J. P. Koenings


by Larry Peck

WAC 220-56-23000D   Bottomfish closed areas.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-230, WAC 220-56-235, WAC 220-56-240, and WAC 220-56-250, effective 12:01 a.m. August 5, 2005 until further notice, in Marine Catch Areas 2, 3, and 4, it is unlawful to fish for or possess bottomfish and lingcod for personal use seaward of a line approximating the 30-fathom depth contour, as defined by the following coordinates:

4824.79'N lat. 12444.07'W long.;
4824.80'N lat. 12444.74'W long.;
4823.94'N lat. 12444.70'W long.;
4823.51'N lat. 12445.01'W long.;
4822.59'N lat. 12444.97'W long.;
4821.75'N lat. 12445.26'W long.;
4821.23'N lat. 12447.78'W long.;
4820.32'N lat. 12449.53'W long.;
4816.72'N lat. 12451.58'W long.;
4810.00'N lat. 12452.58'W long.;
4805.63'N lat. 12452.91'W long.;
4753.37'N lat. 12447.37'W long.;
4740.28'N lat. 12440.07'W long.;
4731.70'N lat. 12437.03'W long.;
4725.67'N lat. 12434.79'W long.;
4712.82'N lat. 12429.12'W long.;
4652.94'N lat. 12422.58'W long.;
4644.18'N lat. 12418.00'W long.;
4638.17'N lat. 12415.88'W long.


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