WSR 07-12-054

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-103 -- Filed June 1, 2007, 3:14 p.m. , effective June 5, 2007 ]


Effective Date of Rule: June 5, 2007.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-32500U; and amending WAC 220-56-325.

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 regulation is needed to ensure an orderly fishery, manage within court-ordered sharing requirements, and to ensure conservation. Harvestable amounts of spot shrimp are available in the Hood Canal shrimp district and the southern portion of Marine Area 7. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 1, 2007.

Loreva M. Preuss

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-32500V   Shrimp -- Areas and seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-325, effective immediately until further notice:

1) It is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of Marine Area 7, except as provided for in this section.

(a) Marine Area 7 north of a line from Biz Point on Fidalgo Island to Cape Saint Mary on Lopez Island, then north of a line from Davis Point to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then north of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light to the international boundary:

a. Open to the harvest of all shrimp species except Spot shrimp. It is unlawful to possess Spot shrimp, and all Spot shrimp must immediately be returned to the water unharmed.

b. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 200 feet deep.

(b) Effective 5:00 a.m., June 20, 2007, until 9:00 p.m., June 24, 2007, Marine Area 7 south of a line from the Initiative 77 marker on Fidalgo Island to Point Colville on Lopez Island, then south of a line from Davis Point on Lopez Island to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then south of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light to the international boundary, is open to the harvest of all shrimp species.

2) It is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of the Hood Canal Shrimp District (Marine Area 12), except open from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m., on June 7, 2007.

3) It is unlawful to fish for or possess shrimp taken for personal use in all waters of Marine Area 10 and the Discovery Bay Shrimp District.

4) All waters equal to or less than 150 feet in depth in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are open daily to the harvest of all shrimp species except Spot shrimp. All Spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately. It is unlawful to set or pull shrimp gear in waters greater than 150 feet deep.

5) All waters of Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, and Marine Areas 5, 6 and 13 (excluding the Shrimp Districts), are open daily to the harvest of all shrimp species.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective June 5, 2007:


WAC 220-56-32500U Shrimp -- Areas and seasons (07-100)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office