WSR 07-13-006

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-111 -- Filed June 7, 2007, 2:11 p.m. , effective June 7, 2007, 2:11 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend personal use rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500P; and amending WAC 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 PFMC. There is sufficient recreational quota to provide for these seasons. If sufficient quota remains, the fishery may reopen toward the end of June. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 7, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-56-25500Q   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   (1) 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 as provided in this section:

(a) Catch Record Card Area 1 - Closed.

(b) Catch Record Card Area 2 - Closed.

(c) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Open only 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. June 19, 2007, and 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. June 21, 2007, shoreward of a line approximating 30 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River as described by the following coordinates:

4824.79'N.lat.;12444.07'W.long.;

4824.80'N.lat.;12444.74'W.long.;

4823.94'N.lat.;12444.70'W.long.;

4823.51'N.lat.;12445.01'W.long.;

4822.59'N.lat.;12444.97'W.long.;

4821.75'N.lat.;12445.26'W.long.;

4821.23'N.lat.;12447.78'W.long.;

4820.32'N.lat.;12449.53'W.long.;

4816.72'N.lat.;12451.58'W.long.;

4810.00'N.lat.;12452.58'W.long.;

4805.63'N.lat.;12452.91'W.long.;

4756.25'N.lat.;12452.57'W.long.;

4740.28'N.lat.;12440.07'W.long.;

4731.70'N.lat.;12437.03'W.long.;

(i) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Open 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. June 23, 2007.

(ii) Effective immediately until further notice, on days when halibut fishing is closed in Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4, unless otherwise provided, it is unlawful to fish for or possess bottomfish seaward of a line approximating the 20-fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates:

4823.9'N.;12444.2'W.

4823.6'N.;12444.9'W.

4818.6'N.;12443.6'W.

4818.6'N.;12448.2'W.

4810.0'N.;12448.8'W.

4802.4'N.;12449.3'W.

4737.6'N.;12434.3'W.

4731.7'N.;12432.4'W.

(iii) The following area southwest of Cape Flattery is closed to fishing for halibut at all times:

Beginning at 4818' N., 12518' W.; thence to

4818'N.,12459'W.; thence to

4811'N.,12459'W.; thence to

4811'N.,12511'W., thence to

4804'N.,12511'W.; thence to

4804'N.,12459'W.; thence to

48N.,12459'W.; thence to

48N.,12518'W.; thence to point of origin.

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

(e) Catch Record Card Area 5 Open until further notice, except closed to fishing for halibut 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

(f) 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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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed:

WAC 220-56-25500P Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits. (07-96)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office