WSR 07-21-100

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-261 -- Filed October 19, 2007, 9:55 a.m. , effective October 21, 2007, 6:00 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: October 21, 2007, 6:00 a.m.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-07100I; and amending WAC 220-52-071.

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: Harvestable amounts of sea cucumbers are available in the sea cucumber districts listed. Prohibition of all diving from licensed sea cucumber harvest vessels within two days of scheduled openings discourages the practice of fishing on closed days and hiding the unlawful catch underwater until the legal opening. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: October 19, 2007.

Phil Anderson

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-07100J   Sea cucumbers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-071, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea cucumbers for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:

(1) Effective 6:00 a.m. October 21, 2007, until further notice, sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in Sea Cucumber Districts 1, 2 and 5 on Sunday through Thursday of each week.

(2) It is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially licensed sea cucumber fishing vessel on Friday and Saturday of each week, except by written permission from the Director.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective 6:00 a.m. October 21, 2007:


WAC 220-52-07100I Sea cucumbers. (07-219)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office