WSR 07-20-016

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-229 -- Filed September 21, 2007, 3:27 p.m. , effective October 1, 2007, 8:00 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: October 1, 2007, 8:00 a.m.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-04600K; and amending WAC 220-52-046.

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: The state may not authorize commercial shellfish harvests absent agreed planning or compliance with a process. The provisions of this rule are in conformity with agreed plans with applicable tribes, which have been entered as required by court order. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 21, 2007.

Phil Anderson

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-04600L   Puget Sound crab fishery -- Seasons and areas.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-046, effective 8:00 a.m. October 1, 2007 until further notice:

(1) It will be lawful to fish for Dungeness crab for commercial purposes in the following areas:

(a) Port Gardner: That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 26A east of a line projected from the outermost tip of the ferry dock at Mukilteo projected to the green #3 buoy at the mouth of the Snohomish River, and west of a line projected from that #3 buoy southward to the oil boom pier on the shoreline.

(b) Possession Point to Glendale: That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 26A east of a line that extends true north from the green #1 buoy at Possession Point to Possession Point, and west of a line from the green #1 buoy at Possession Point extending northward along the 200-foot depth contour to the Glendale dock.

(c) Langley: That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 24C inshore of the 400 foot depth contour within an area described by two lines projected northeasterly from Sandy Point and the entrance to the marina at Langley.

(d) Useless Bay: That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 26A in Useless Bay north and east of a line from the south end of the Double Bluff State Park seawall (47 58.782' N, 122 30.84' W) projected 110 true to the boulder on shore (47 57.690' N, 122 26.742' W).

(e) Birch Bay: That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 20A in Birch Bay between the line from the western boundary of Birch Bay State Park to the western point of the entrance of the Birch Bay Marina and a line from the western boundary of Birch Bay State Park to Birch Point.

(f) Fidalgo Bay: That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22B in Fidalgo Bay south of a line from the red #4 buoy at the Cap Sante Marina entrance to the northern end of the eastern most oil dock and thence to shore.

(g) Deer Harbor: That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22A in Deer Harbor north of a line from Steep Point to Pole Pass.

(2) The following area is closed to commercial crab fishing:

(a) That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 25A west of the 123 6.5' longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.

(b) That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.

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REPEALER

The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 8:00 a.m. October 1, 2007:

WAC 220-52-04600K Commercial crab fishery -- Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts. (07-205)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office