WSR 06-12-035

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 31, 2006, 12:04 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Relic shells.

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: A technical reading of the shellfish and seaweed license rules requires a license to retain all shells, even if they are shells of shellfish that died naturally and the shells were washed ashore. A rule is needed to allow persons to pick up these "relic" shells without potentially violating the law.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Lew Atkins, Fish Program Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by July 20, 2006. Expected proposal filing on or after July 21, 2006.

May 31, 2006

Evan Jacoby

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office