WSR 06-12-014

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 06-118 -- Filed May 26, 2006, 2:04 p.m. , effective June 1, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: June 1, 2006.

Purpose: Amend personal use fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900F; and 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: Adult spring chinook straying from select area fishery evaluation sites are entering the Grays and Elochoman rivers. These fish are not needed for broodstock. Hatchery steelhead potentially straying into the lower river are also harvestable.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 26, 2006.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900F   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Elochoman and Grays rivers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective June 1 through July 31, 2006, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Elochoman River from the mouth to Elochoman Hatchery Bridge located about 400 feet below the upper hatchery rack. Special daily limit of six salmon, of which no more than two may be adults. Minimum size is 12 inches in length. Release all wild Chinook.

(2) Effective June 1 through July 31, 2006, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Grays River from the mouth to South Fork and West Fork Grays from the mouth to the hatchery intake/footbridge. Special daily limit of six salmon, of which no more than two may be adults. Minimum size is 12 inches in length. Daily limit two hatchery steelhead. Minimum size is 20 inches in length. Release all wild Chinook and wild steelhead.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. August 1, 2006:


WAC 232-28-61900F Exceptions to statewide rules -- Elochoman and Grays rivers

Washington State Code Reviser's Office