WSR 07-12-048

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-93 -- Filed June 1, 2007, 8:48 a.m. , effective June 1, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: June 1, 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: Autumn floods in 2003 and 2006 and low summer flows in 2005 and 2006 have reduced bull trout populations significantly throughout the Skagit Basin. Harvest does not appear to be associated with this decline; however, this regulation will help maximize the number of bull trout spawners of the Skagit populations in 2007. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 29, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900K   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Skagit River.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective June 1, through September 28, 2007, it is unlawful to retain Dolly Varden/Bull trout in the following waters:

(1) Those waters of Skagit River from Rockport to Gorge Dam.

(2) Those waters of the Sauk River from the mouth and upstream

(3) Those waters of Cascade River from the mouth and upstream.

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