WSR 08-07-016

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed March 7, 2008, 2:38 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Coastal recreational bottom fish rules.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Conforming to federal regulations adopted by the secretary of commerce.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), operating under the auspices of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Department of Commerce represents the federal rule-making body. Rules are recommended through the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, on which the state of Washington is a voting member, to NMFS for requested rule action.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lew Atkins, Fish Program Assistant Director, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98504-1091, phone (360) 902-2651. Contact by June 30, 2008. Expected proposal filing on or after July 2, 2008.

March 7, 2008

Morris W. Barker

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office