WSR 05-19-040




[ Order 05-210 -- Filed September 14, 2005, 1:31 p.m. , effective September 14, 2005 ]

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500Y; and amending WAC 220-56-255.

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: There is sufficient quota to reopen the Columbia River recreational halibut 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 13, 2005.

J. P. Koenings


WAC 220-56-25500Z   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-255, effective immediately until further notice it is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use except from the areas or in excess of the amounts provided for in this section:

(a) Catch Record Card Area 1 - Open September 15 through September 30, 2005. By-catch restriction: It is unlawful during any vessel trip to bring into port or land bottomfish except sablefish if the vessel has brought halibut into port or landed halibut.

(b) Catch Record Card Area 2 - Closed, except lawful to retain halibut from 12:01 a.m. each Friday through 11:59 p.m. Saturday until further notice, in those waters south of Queets River (47 deg, 31.70'N lat.) to 47 deg, 00.00'N lat. and east of a line approximating 30 fathoms, as defined in the following coordinates:

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.

(c) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Closed.

(2) Daily limit one halibut. No minimum size.

(3) The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.



     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-56-25500Y Halibut -- Seasons daily and possession limits. (05-184)

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