WSR 07-12-035

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed May 30, 2007, 3:14 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 220-56-145 Possession of gamefish, food fish or shellfish in unlawful condition -- Possession aboard a vessel.

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: The current WAC does not require people who are ashore and are done fishing for the day to retain proof that they have complied with number, species, size, weight, sex, or wild or hatchery origin restrictions on fish. This has led to ongoing violations of number, species, size, weight, sex, and wild or hatchery origin restrictions on species that are becoming increasingly depleted, such as halibut and ling cod.

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 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 July 1, 2007. Expected proposal filing on or after July 18, 2007.

May 30, 2007

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office