WSR 07-02-020

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISHING AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 06-316 -- Filed December 21, 2006, 2:43 p.m. , effective December 22, 2006 ]


Effective Date of Rule: December 22, 2006.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-07300G; and amending WAC 220-52-073.

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: Harvestable amounts of red and green sea urchins exist in the areas described. Prohibiting all diving from licensed sea urchin harvest vessels within Sea Urchin District 3 when those vessels have red sea urchin on-board discourages the taking of red urchins from the district (currently closed to red urchin harvest) and reporting the catch to the adjacent harvest district. Prohibiting transport of urchins from Districts 1 and 2 to other districts will prevent spoiling of product, promote accurate catch accounting, and provide for an orderly fishery. Prohibition of all diving from licensed sea urchin harvest vessels within two days of scheduled sea urchin openings discourages the practice of fishing on closed days and hiding the unlawful catch underwater until the legal opening. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: December 21, 2006.

Loreva M. Preuss

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-07300H   Sea urchins.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-073, effective December 22, 2006 until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea urchins taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:

(1) Green sea urchins: Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 are open only on December 22, 2006. Sea Urchin Districts 3, 4, 6 and 7 are open only on December 22, 26, 27, 2006 and January 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2007. The minimum size for green sea urchins is 2.25 inches (size in largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(2) Red sea urchins: Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 are open only on December 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2006 and January 2, 3, 4, and 5, 2007. Sea Urchin District 4 is open only on December 27 and 28, 2006. In Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 it is unlawful to harvest red sea urchins smaller than 4.0 inches or larger than 5.5 inches (size in largest test diameter exclusive of spines). In Sea Urchin District 4 it is unlawful to harvest red sea urchins smaller than 3.25 inches or larger than 5.0 inches (size in largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(3) It is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially licensed sea urchin fishing vessel in Sea Urchin District 3 when the vessel has red sea urchins on-board.

(4) Red and green sea urchins harvested in Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 must be landed in Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2.

(5) It is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially licensed sea urchin fishing vessel on December 24, 25, and 31, 2006 and January 1, 2007, except by written permission from the Director.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective December 22, 2006:


WAC 220-52-07300G Sea urchins. (06-305)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office