WSR 07-07-015

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 9, 2007, 8:42 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Oregon-Washington commercial license reciprocity.

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: At present, Oregon and Washington have established reciprocity for salmon charter vessel licenses on the Columbia River downstream of the Longview Bridge. This new WAC will allow Washington and Oregon to establish reciprocity for Oregon outfitters and guides and Washington professional salmon and game fish guides on the Columbia River upstream of the bridge at Longview and downstream of the Oregon boundary in Lake Wallula, except that an Oregon vessel may not take on or discharge passengers for any purpose from any Washington port, the Washington shore, or a dock, landing, or other point in Washington.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Oregon state marine board also regulates the subject of license-reciprocity between Oregon and Washington. We provided a briefing on the subject and took public comment, including testimony from a representative of the Oregon state marine board, on January 4, 2007. We are proposing this new WAC in response to that testimony and public comment.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making; and agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail at preuslmp@dfw.wa.gov. Contact by May 1, 2007. Expected proposal filing on or after May 23, 2007.

March 9, 2007

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office