FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2009.
Purpose: Amend sportfishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-27000C; and amending WAC 220-56-270.
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: A Level 1 fishery was adopted in accordance with the Washington and Oregon eulachon management plan. Abundance and productivity indicators project a weak return of smelt for 2009. Rule is consistent with Washington department of fish and wildlife hearing action of December 18, 2008. There is insufficient time to adopt 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: December 24, 2008.
1) Area: Mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam
Open Dates: 7 days/week
Hours: 24 hours per day
Daily limit: 25 pounds, possession limit 25 pounds
2) Area: Cowlitz River
Open Dates: Saturdays
Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Daily limit: 10 pounds, possession limit 10 pounds
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2009:
|WAC 220-56-27000C||Smelt -- Areas and seasons.|