FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: September 22, 2010.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule making is to allow nontreaty recreational fishing opportunity in the Columbia River while protecting fish listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This rule making implements federal court orders governing Washington's relationship with treaty Indian tribes, federal law governing Washington's relationship with Oregon, and Washington fish and wildlife commission policy guidance for Columbia River fisheries.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 232-28-61900J; and amending WAC 232-28-619.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.04.130, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047.
Other Authority: United States v. Oregon, Civil No. 68-513-KI (D. Or.), Order Adopting 2008-2017 United States v. Oregon Management Agreement (Aug. 12, 2008) (Doc. No. 2546); Northwest Gillnetters Ass'n v. Sandison, 95 Wn.2d 638, 628 P.2d 800 (1981); Washington fish and wildlife commission policies concerning Columbia River fisheries; 40 Stat. 515 (Columbia River compact).
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: Increases the daily bag limit for adult chinook. Two adult chinook may be kept in the area from Warrior Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam. Harvestable numbers of upriver bright fall chinook remain within the ESA impact limit, based on the current in-season chinook run size. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1; Federal Rules or Standards: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 21, 2010.
1. From the Warrior Rock Lighthouse (defined as a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse through red buoy #4 to the orange marker atop Dolphin on the Washington shore) upstream to Bonneville Dam: Effective September 22 through December 31, 2010: Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho. Salmon minimum size limit is 12 inches. Daily limit six fish. Up to two may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead, or one of each.
2. From Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam, closed to fishing for salmon November 1 through December 31, 2010.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective January 1, 2010:
|WAC 232-28-61900J||Exceptions to statewide rules -- Columbia River.|