WSR 07-08-084

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-53 -- Filed April 2, 2007, 1:55 p.m. , effective April 9, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: April 9, 2007.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-20-010 and 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: This rule conforms to federal action taken by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. The Puget Sound recreational halibut quota is sufficient to cover these dates. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 2, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: March 30, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-20-01000D   General provisions -- Lawful and unlawful acts.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-20-010, effective immediately until further notice, it is lawful to use a harpoon in the landing of halibut in all catch record card areas.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500I   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   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:

(1) Catch Record Card Areas 6 through 11 and Catch Record Area 13 - Open 12:01 a.m. April 9 through 11:59 p.m. June 16, 2007; except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

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

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