WSR 10-17-067

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-207 -- Filed August 13, 2010, 2:31 p.m. , effective August 15, 2010 ]


Effective Date of Rule: August 15, 2010.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-40-02700K; and amending WAC 220-40-027.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.

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: Provisions of this permit-only gillnet fishery in Willapa Bay and the lawful fishing area within Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Area 2H were agreed upon during the North of Falcon season setting process. These provisions were not included or accurately described in the permanent rule. The purpose of the permit fishery is to collect detailed biological data for chinook and coho in Willapa Bay. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 13, 2010.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-40-02700K   Salmon--Willapa Bay fall fishery.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-40-027 and 220-40-020, effective August 15 through November 30, 2010, it is unlawful to fish for salmon in Willapa Bay for commercial purposes or to possess salmon taken from those waters for commercial purposes, except that:


Fishing periods:


1. Gil net gear may be used to fish for salmon and white sturgeon only as shown below. All non-legal sturgeon, all steelhead, and all other species including Chinook, coho, chum and white sturgeon, must be handled with care to minimize injury to the fish and must be released immediately to the river/bay:


Time: Area:
6:00 p.m. August 15 through 6:00 p.m. August 16, 2010. Areas 2G east of a line projected true south from the most waterward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach, except:
Closed Waters Area (Net Free Zone): That portion of SMCRA 2G lying within the following boundary lines: Western Boundary: Those waters east of a line drawn from the most waterward exposed end of the jetty at Toke Point (4642.446'N, 12357.973'W), to Willapa Marker 2 (4641.529'N, 12357.973'W), then 180 degrees true to Goose Point (4638.184'N, 12357.584'W). Eastern boundary includes those waters west of a North-South line through Marker 29.
Area 2H, Area 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and Area 2M.
6:00 p.m. September 22 through 6:00 p.m. September 23, 2010;


AND


6:00 p.m. September 27 through 6:00 p.m. September 28, 2010.

Area 2K
6:00 p.m. September 12 through 5:59 p.m. September 15, 2010. Areas 2G east of a line projected true south from the most waterward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach, except:
Closed Waters Area (Net Free Zone): That portion of the SMCRA 2G lying within the following boundary lines: Western Boundary: Those waters east of a line drawn from the most waterward exposed end of the jetty at Toke Point (4642.446'N, 12357.973'W), to Willapa Marker 2 (4641.529'N, 12357.973'W). then 180 degrees true to Goose Point (4638.184'N, 12357.584'W). Eastern boundary includes those waters west of a north-south line (180 degrees true) through Range Marker "B" (4642.564'N, 12351.3'W) between Channel Markers 26 and 28.
Area 2H, Area 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and Area 2M.
6:00 p.m. September 15 through 6:00 p.m. September 22, 2010. Areas 2G east of a line projected true south from the most waterward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach, Area 2H west of Willapa Channel Marker 40, Area 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and Area 2M.
6:01 p.m. September 22 through 6:00 p.m. September 30, 2010. Areas 2G east of a line projected true south from the most waterward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach, Area 2H, Area 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and Area 2M.
6:00 p.m. October 1, 2010, through 6:00 p.m. October 2, 2010. Areas 2G east of a line projected true south from the most waterward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach, Area 2H, Area 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and Area 2M.
12:00 p.m. November 6 through 12:00 p.m. November 30, 2010. Areas 2G, 2H, 2J, and 2M.

2. The Tokeland Boat basin is closed to commercial fishing during the openings in Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Area (SMCRA) 2G, described in this section. The Tokeland Boat basin is that portion of SMCRA 2G bounded on the south by the shoreline of the boat basin, on the west by the seawall, and on the north and east by a line from the Tokeland Channel Marker "3" (flashing green, 4-seconds), to Tokeland Channel Marker "4," to the tip of the seawall.

Permit-only fishery for Chinook and coho fishery. Only permitted licensees are allowed to participate in this fishery, and these must adhere to all conditions described herein and as outlined in their permit.

Specific date and time of permit fishery opening will be described in permit. Those dates will be restricted to, and occur within, August 22-24, August 29-31, September 6-8, and October 10-12, 2010.

Sub-areas for permit fishery:


Sub-Area Description
1 Commercial gillnet area 2J: Nahcotta east to Diamond Pt. (4629.914'N, 12358.888'W), then north to Island Sands Light 54 (4632.3'N, 12358.6'W) then a true east-west line from Light 54
2 Commercial gillnet area 2M: Northern boundary: Diamond Pt. (4629.914'N, 12358.888'W), north to Island Sands Light 54 (4632.3'N, 12358.6'W), then a true east-west line to landfall. Southern Boundary A: North of a true east-west line to landfall from Diamond Point. Southern Boundary B: North of Stanley Point to Paradise Point on NW and from Stanley Point directly NE to landfall.
3 Commercial gillnet Area 2G: Southern boundary: a true east-west line to landfall from Island Sands Light 54 (4632.3'N, 12358.6'W). Northern boundary: Grassy Island (4638'N, 124 02.2'W) to Goose Pt (4638.184'N, 12357.584'W)
4 Commercial gillnet Area 2G and 2H:

Focus will be near the Willapa Airport between Channel Markers 29 and 35.


Gear


1. Gill net gear restrictions - All areas:

a. Drift gill net gear only. It is unlawful to use set net gear. It is permissible to have on-board a commercial vessel more than one net, provided the nets are of a mesh size that is legal for the fishery, and the length of any one net does not exceed one thousand five hundred feet in length.

b. Nets with a mesh size different from that being actively fished must be properly stored. A properly stored net is defined as a net on a drum that is fully covered by a tarp (canvas or plastic) and bound with a minimum of ten revolutions of rope that is 3/8 (0.375) inches or greater.

c. It is unlawful to use a gill net to fish for salmon if the lead line weighs more than two pounds per fathom of net as measured on the cork line, provided that it is lawful to have a gill net with a lead line weighing more than two pounds per fathom aboard a vessel when the vessel is fishing in or in transiting through Willapa Bay.

d. From August 15 through October 12, 2010: Mesh size cannot be less than six inch minimum mesh and cannot exceed nine-inch maximum mesh.

e. From August 15 through October 12, 2010, all non-retained salmon, non-legal sturgeon, ALL steelhead, and all other species including Chinook, coho, chum, and white sturgeon must be handled with care to minimize injury to fish and must be released immediately to the river/bay or to an operating recovery box when fishing in SMCRA 2G, 2H, 2J, 2K, and 2M.

f. Only one net may be fished at a time; other nets must be properly stored.

g. Each boat must have two operable recovery boxes or one box with two chambers on board when fishing in SMCRA 2G, 2H, 2J, 2K, and 2M. Each box must be operating during any time the net is being retrieved or picked. The flow in the recovery box must be a minimum of 16 gallons per minute in each chamber of the box, not to exceed 20 gallons per minute. Each chamber of the recovery box must meet the following dimensions as measured from within the box: The inside length measurement must be at or within 39-1/2 inches to 48 inches, the inside width measurements must be at or within 8 to 10 inches, and the inside height measurement must be at or within 14 to 16 inches.

h. Each chamber of the recovery box must include a water inlet hole between 3/4 inch and 1 inch in diameter, centered horizontally across the door or wall of the chamber and 1-3/4 inches from the floor of the chamber. Each chamber of the recovery box must include a water outlet hole opposite the inflow that is at least 1-1/2 inches in diameter. The center of the outlet hole must be located a minimum of 12 inches above the floor of the box or chamber. The fisher must demonstrate to department employees, Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers, or other peace officers, upon request, that the pumping system is delivering the proper volume of fresh river/bay water into each chamber.

i. Soak time must not exceed 45 minutes. Soak time is defined as the time elapsed from when the first of the gill net web is deployed into the water until the gill net web is fully retrieved from the water.

j. Any fish that is bleeding or lethargic must be placed in the recovery box prior to being released to the river/bay.

k. All fish placed in recovery boxes must be released to the river/bay prior to landing or docking.

Permit-only fishery for Chinook and coho fishery. Only permitted licensees are allowed to participate in this fishery, and they must adhere to all conditions described herein and as outlined in their permit. All gear requirements of the general commercial season described above apply during permit-only fisheries unless otherwise described in the permit.


Other


2. Quick reporting is required for wholesale dealers and fishers retailing their catch under a "direct retail endorsement." According to WAC 220-69-240(12), reports must be made by 10:00 a.m. the day following landing.

3. NOAA Fisheries has listed the southern population of green sturgeon as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, effective July 6, 2006. Most of the green sturgeon taken in Washington fisheries are from the Columbia River stock, which is part of the southern population. Therefore, the retention of green sturgeon is prohibited; to protect this federally listed stock.

4. It is unlawful to fish for salmon with gill net gear in Areas 2G, 2H, 2J, 2K, and 2M unless the vessel operator has attended a "Fish Friendly" best fishing practices workshop and is in possession of a department-issued certification card.

5. Fishers must take department staff on-board, if requested by WDFW, when participating in these openings, to observe fishing operations and/or collect biological data on the catch.

Permit-only fishery for Chinook and coho fishery. Each permittee must adhere to all conditions described below and as outlined in their permit.

6. To facilitate data collection, WDFW personnel must be notified by calling 360/480-5159 a minimum of 4 hours in advance of landing. Unless otherwise instructed, fishers must provide access to salmon for sampling.

7. It is unlawful to fish for salmon with gillnet gear in Willapa Bay Sub-Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 unless the vessel operators have attended a "Fish Friendly" best fishing practices workshop and are in possession of a department-issued certification card. The vessel operators must be able to present this card to WDFW staff or Enforcement officers if requested.

8. Catch is limited to 100 hatchery Chinook, identified by having a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar in the location of the fin; or 25 wild Chinook, whichever comes first.

9. Fishers must maintain a legible, accurate, and complete harvest log for all salmon fishing activity during the permit fishery. A GPS of fishing location(s) must be maintained and provided to the Department such that logs will be received no later than the second day following landing.

Logs must be submitted to: WDFW Region 6 Office, Barbara McClellan, 48 Devonshire Rd., Montesano, WA 98563

10. Licensees for this fishery must fish all five fishing periods in the area assigned to them, and they must attend a pre-fishery meeting that will be arranged following their selection. The licensees selected to fish Area 2 must fish in sub-sections A and B for each fishing period as described in their permit.

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

Reviser's note: The spelling 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 December 1, 2010:


WAC 220-40-02700K Salmon--Willapa Bay fall fishery.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office