WSR 09-18-066

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed August 28, 2009, 3:17 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 220-52-050 Ocean pink shrimp trawl fishery -- Coastal waters.

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: The department may propose rules to require Washington-licensed pink-shrimp trawl fishers to carry federal- or state-employed observers during commercial shrimp fishing trips. New rules are needed for this, and other rules may have to be amended to provide for observers onboard commercial vessels.

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 Lori Preuss, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, phone (360) 902-2930, fax (360) 902-2155, e-mail Lori.Preuss@dfw.wa.gov.

August 28, 2009

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office