WSR 09-05-029

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 10, 2009, 3:17 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 220-88E-040 Logbook requirements for the coastal trial commercial hagfish fishery.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The number of participants in the fishery is increasing. To conserve the resource, the department needs to more closely monitor the fishery through more frequent logbook submittals.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

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 Lorna L. Wargo, Fish Management Program, 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563, phone (360) 249-4628.

February 10, 2009

Loreva M. Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office