WSR 08-12-047

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-122 -- Filed May 30, 2008, 3:28 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 232-28-61900Z and 232-28-61900S; 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: Large numbers of hatchery spring chinook jacks have crossed Bonneville Dam. Based on passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag detections at the dam, there are an estimated 1,000 jacks of Wind River origin. In addition, good numbers of jacks have been found in the Wind River sport fishery. Increasing the daily limit from the current two hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead will provide additional opportunity to harvest those fish. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 30, 2008.

J. P. Koenings

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 232-28-61900S   Exceptions to statewide rules -- Wind River (Skamania Co.)   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 Wind River from mouth (boundary line/markers) to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls and from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls to boundary markers approximately 800 yards downstream of Carson National Fish Hatchery. Daily limit six salmon, of which no more than two may be adults; minimum size 12 inches. Daily limit two hatchery steelhead; minimum size 20 inches. Release all wild chinook downstream of Shipherd falls. Night closure and non-buoyant lure restrictions in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Closed waters from 400 feet below Coffer Dam to 100 feet above.

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Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.
REPEALER


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


WAC 232-28-61900Z Exceptions to statewide rules -- Wind River (Skamania Co.)

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


WAC 232-28-61900S Exceptions to statewide rules -- Wind River (Skamania River)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office