WSR 07-23-029

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 07-277 -- Filed November 9, 2007, 12:22 p.m. , effective November 10, 2007, 12:01 a.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: November 10, 2007, 12:01 a.m.

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: This rule will allow harvest of whitefish and other gamefish while continuing to restrict trout harvest on hatchery steelhead. A proposed rule change is included in the 2008-2009 sportfishing proposal package to adopt as permanent rules. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: November 9, 2007.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900M   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Cowlitz and Cispus rivers.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective 12:01 a.m. November 10, 2007, until further notice:

(1) In waters of the Cowlitz River from the posted PUD sign on Peters Road to the Mouth of the Ohanepecosh and Muddy Fork, a person may fish for game fish and whitefish; except release trout, but two hatchery steelhead may be retained.

(2) In waters of the Cispus River from the mouth (posted markers at the Lewis County PUD kayak launch) upstream to the North Fork, a person may fish for game fish and white fish; except release trout, but two hatchery steelhead may be retained.

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