WSR 07-12-017

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-95 -- Filed May 25, 2007, 2:37 p.m. , effective May 26, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: May 26, 2007.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: 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 spring chinook are available for harvest in Lake Scanewa. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 25, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900M   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Elochoman River, Grays River and Lake Scanewa.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619:

(1) Effective May 26 through July 31, 2007, 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 wild chinook.

(2) Effective May 26, 2007, until further notice, it is lawful to fish for steelhead 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 two hatchery steelhead. Minimum size is 20 inches in length. Release wild steelhead.

(3) Effective May 26 through July 31, 2007, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of the Grays River from the mouth to South Fork, and in 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.

(4) Effective May 26 through July 31, 2007, it is lawful to fish for salmon in those waters of Lake Scanewa. Special daily limit of six salmon, of which no more than two may be adults. Minimum size is 12 inches in length. Release wild chinook.

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