WSR 08-12-034

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-121 -- Filed May 29, 2008, 4:42 p.m. , effective June 1, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: June 1, 2008.

Purpose: Amend fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900R; and 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: The fishery is being extended because fishing in May has been very poor due to: (1) The

late return of spring chinook to the Yakima River, and (2) high flows and turbidity from quickly melting snowpack. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 29, 2008.

Phil Anderson

for Jeff Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900R   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Yakima River.   (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 232-28-619, effective June 1 through June 30, 2008, a person may fish for salmon in waters of the Yakima River from the Interstate 182 bridge in Richland upstream to the SR 225 bridge at Benton City and from the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap upstream to 3,500 feet downstream of Roza Dam ("closed water" boundary markers).

(a) Daily limit of two hatchery salmon. Minimum size of 12 inches in length.

(b) Night closure in effect.

(c) One, single-pointed, barbless hook with a gap from point to shank of 3/4 inch or less required for all species.

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REPEALER


The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective July 1, 2008:


WAC 232-28-61900R Exceptions to statewide rules -- Yakima River.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office