WSR 10-21-066

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 10-278 -- Filed October 15, 2010, 4:10 p.m. , effective October 15, 2010, 4:10 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Readopting WAC 220-47-311 and 220-47-411.

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: The department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) originally adopted 2010 Puget Sound commercial salmon fishing regulations on July 7, 2010. Included within the filing were amendments to WAC 220-47-311 and 220-47-411, which, respectively, set open periods for commercial purse seine and gillnet salmon fishing in Puget Sound, including Management Areas 10 and 11. These rules became effective on August 7, 2010, thirty-one days after filing.

On September 28, 2010, the Washington Court of Appeals published its opinion in Puget Sound Harvesters Association v. WDFW, No. 39435-9-II. That case involved a challenge by Puget Sound Harvesters Association to WDFW's 2008 commercial salmon fishing regulations for Areas 10 and 11 (codified in the 2008 version of WAC 220-47-311 and 220-47-411). The Court of Appeals ruled that the 2008 regulations for Areas 10 and 11 were arbitrary and capricious because WDFW did not sufficiently consider the likely catch share outcome of the regulations, or the implications with respect to two of the department's management objectives to "[m]aintain the economic well-being and stability of the fishing industry," and to "[f]airly allocate harvest opportunity between gear groups."

WDFW has reevaluated its 2010 regulations for Areas 10 and 11 in light of the Court of Appeals' decision. In conducting this reevaluation, the department considered it [its] entire official rule-making file for the 2010 regulations. Based on this additional analysis, WDFW has concluded that the substance of the regulations adopted on July 7, 2010, comply with WDFW's management objectives and are otherwise consistent with the Court of Appeals' guidance in its recent decision. Consequently, WDFW is readopting via emergency regulation WAC 220-47-311 and 220-47-411 without change. The basis for WDFW's decision is documented in the agency's rule-making file.

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 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

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: October 15, 2010.

Joe Stohr

for Philip Anderson

Director

OTS-3741.1


READOPTED SECTION(Readopting Order 10-137, filed 7/7/10, effective 8/7/10)

WAC 220-47-311   Purse seine -- Open periods.   It is unlawful to take, fish for, or possess salmon taken with purse seine gear for commercial purposes from Puget Sound, except in the following designated Puget Sound Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas and during the periods provided for in each respective Management and Catch Reporting Area:


AREA TIME DATE
7, 7A: 7AM - 6PM - 10/10, 10/11, 10/14, 10/15, 10/18, 10/19, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/24, 10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6
7AM - 5PM - 11/7, 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13
Note: In Areas 7 and 7A, it is unlawful to fail to brail when fishing with purse seine gear. Any time brailing is required, purse seine fishers must also use a recovery box in compliance with WAC 220-47-301 (7)(a) through (f).
7B, 7C: 6AM - 8PM - 8/18, 8/25, 9/1
7B: 7AM - 8PM - 9/8
7AM - 7PM - 9/13, 9/15, 9/17
7AM 9/19 - 6PM 10/30
7AM 11/1 - 4PM 11/5
7AM 11/8 - 4PM 11/12
7AM 11/15 - 4PM 11/19
7AM 11/22 - 4PM 11/26
8AM 11/29 - 4PM 12/3
Note: That portion of Area 7B east of a line from Post Point to the flashing red light at the west entrance to Squalicum Harbor is open to purse seines beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Monday in October and until 4:00 p.m. on the first Friday in December.
8A: 7AM - 7PM - Limited participation - two boats (9/27, 10/4).
7AM - 6PM - 10/11
8D: 7AM - 7PM - 9/20, 9/27, 10/4
7AM - 6PM - 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 10/27, 11/3
7AM - 5PM - 11/9, 11/11, 11/17
7AM - 4PM - 11/22, 11/24
10, 11: 7AM - 6PM - 10/18, 10/26, 10/28, 11/1
7AM - 5PM - 11/9, 11/11, 11/15
7AM - 4PM - 11/23
12, 12B: 7AM - 6PM - 10/18, 10/26, 10/28, 11/1
7AM - 5PM - 11/9, 11/11, 11/15
12C: 7AM - 5PM - 11/9, 11/11, 11/15
7AM - 4PM - 11/23
Note: In Areas 12, 12B, and 12C, it is unlawful to take or fish for salmon during any open period with purse seine gear unless purse seine fishers are using a recovery box in compliance with WAC 220-47-301 (7)(a) through (f).

It is unlawful to retain the following salmon species taken with purse seine gear within the following areas during the following periods:

Chinook salmon - at all times in Areas 7, 7A, 8, 8A, 8D, 10, 11, 12, 12B, and 12C, and after October 23 in Area 7B.

Coho salmon - at all times in Areas 7, 7A, 10, and 11, prior to September 5 in Area 7B, and wild coho in Areas 12, 12B, and 12C.

Chum salmon - prior to October 1 in Areas 7 and 7A.

All other saltwater and freshwater areas - closed.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. 10-14-129 (Order 10-137), 220-47-311, filed 7/7/10, effective 8/7/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020. 09-15-054 (Order 09-108), 220-47-311, filed 7/9/09, effective 8/9/09; 08-15-031 (Order 08-167), 220-47-311, filed 7/8/08, effective 8/8/08; 07-20-006, 220-47-311, filed 9/20/07, effective 10/21/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 06-16-045 (Order 06-173), 220-47-311, filed 7/26/06, effective 8/26/06; 05-17-002 (Order 05-166), 220-47-311, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; 04-16-125 (Order 04-202), 220-47-311, filed 8/4/04, effective 9/4/04; 03-18-005 (Order 03-210), 220-47-311, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; 02-16-004 (Order 02-167), 220-47-311, filed 7/25/02, effective 8/25/02; 01-13-056 (Order 01-106), 220-47-311, filed 6/15/01, effective 7/16/01; 00-18-023 (Order 00-172), 220-47-311, filed 8/28/00, effective 9/28/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-24-011 (Order 99-202), 220-47-311, filed 11/19/99, effective 12/20/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), 220-47-311, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-16-030 (Order 97-124), 220-47-311, filed 7/29/97, effective 8/29/97; 96-15-101 (Order 96-81), 220-47-311, filed 7/22/96, effective 8/22/96; 95-13-056 (Order 95-75), 220-47-311, filed 6/16/95, effective 7/17/95; 94-15-001 (Order 94-62), 220-47-311, filed 7/6/94, effective 8/6/94; 93-14-041 (Order 93-55), 220-47-311, filed 6/29/93, effective 7/30/93; 92-15-105 (Order 92-47), 220-47-311, filed 7/20/92, effective 8/20/92; 91-18-024 (Order 91-72), 220-47-311, filed 8/27/91, effective 9/27/91; 90-13-025 (Order 90-49), 220-47-311, filed 6/11/90, effective 7/12/90; 89-13-004 (Order 89-44), 220-47-311, filed 6/8/89; 88-14-133 (Order 88-48), 220-47-311, filed 7/6/88; 87-15-059 (Order 87-72), 220-47-311, filed 7/14/87; 86-13-038 (Order 86-46), 220-47-311, filed 6/12/86; 85-13-032 (Order 85-60), 220-47-311, filed 6/12/85; 84-13-078 (Order 84-53), 220-47-311, filed 6/21/84; 83-14-020 (Order 83-57), 220-47-311, filed 6/28/83; 82-15-040 (Order 82-83), 220-47-311, filed 7/15/82; 81-18-017 (Order 81-101), 220-47-311, filed 8/25/81; 80-10-058 (Order 80-83), 220-47-311, filed 8/6/80; 78-05-018 (Order 78-16), 220-47-311, filed 4/13/78; Order 77-66, 220-47-311, filed 8/5/77; Order 77-14, 220-47-311, filed 4/15/77; Order 76-41, 220-47-311, filed 6/4/76; Order 1251, 220-47-311, filed 8/18/75; Order 1210, 220-47-311, filed 5/26/75; Order 1143, 220-47-311, filed 8/8/74; Order 1125, 220-47-311, filed 6/6/74; Order 1066, 220-47-311, filed 7/19/73; Order 1057, 220-47-311, filed 5/22/73; Order 988, 220-47-311, filed 4/28/72.]


READOPTED SECTION(Readopting Order 10-137, filed 7/7/10, effective 8/7/10)

WAC 220-47-411   Gill net -- Open periods.   It is unlawful to take, fish for, or possess salmon taken with gill net gear for commercial purposes from Puget Sound, except in the following designated Puget Sound Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas during the periods provided for in each respective fishing area:


AREA TIME DATE(S) MINIMUM MESH
6D: Skiff gill net only, definition WAC 220-16-046 and lawful gear description WAC 220-47-302. 7AM - 7PM 9/21, 9/22, 9/23, 9/24, 9/27, 9/28, 9/29, 9/30, 10/1, 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 10/14, 10/15, 10/18, 10/19, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22 5"
Note: In Area 6D, it is unlawful to use other than 5-inch minimum mesh in the skiff gill net fishery. It is unlawful to retain Chinook taken in Area 6D at any time, or any chum salmon taken in Area 6D prior to October 16. In Area 6D, any Chinook or chum salmon required to be released must be removed from the net by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.
7, 7A: 7AM - Midnight; use of recovery box required 10/10, 10/11, 10/14, 10/15 6 1/4"
7AM - Midnight 10/18, 10/19, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22, 10/23, 10/24, 10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13 6 1/4"
Note: In Areas 7 and 7A after September 26 but prior to October 17, coho and Chinook salmon must be released, and it is unlawful to use a net soak time of more than 45 minutes. Net soak time is defined as the time elapsed from when the first of the gill net web enters the water, until the gill net is fully retrieved from the water. Fishers must also use a recovery box in compliance with WAC 220-47-302 (5)(a) through (f).
7B, 7C: 7PM - 8AM NIGHTLY 8/15, 8/17, 8/18, 8/22, 8/24, 8/25, 8/29, 8/31, 9/1 7"
7B: 7AM - 7 AM the day following 9/6, 9/7, 9/8, 9/9, 9/12, 9/13, 9/14, 9/16 5"
7AM 9/19 - Midnight 10/23 5"
12:01AM 10/24 - Midnight 10/30 6 1/4"
7AM 11/1 - 4PM 11/5 6 1/4"
6AM 11/8 - 4PM 11/12 6 1/4"
6AM 11/15 - 4PM 11/19 6 1/4"
7AM 11/22 - 4PM 11/26 6 1/4"
8AM 11/29 - 4PM 12/3 6 1/4"
Note: That portion of Area 7B east of a line from Post Point to the flashing red light at the west entrance to Squalicum Harbor is open to gill nets using 6 1/4-inch minimum mesh beginning 12:01 AM on the last day in October and until 4:00 PM on the first Friday in December.
8A: 6PM - 8AM NIGHTLY 10/4 5"
7AM - 8PM 10/12, 10/13, 10/14 5"
8D: 6PM - 8AM NIGHTLY 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/23, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28, 9/29, 9/30, 10/3, 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 10/7 5"
5PM - 8AM 10/10, 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 10/14 5"
7AM - 9PM 9/21, 9/22, 9/28, 9/29, 10/5, 10/6 5"
7AM - 8PM 10/12, 10/13, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 5"
7AM - 4PM 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 5"
6AM - 6PM 11/10, 11/18 6 1/4"
7AM - 6PM 11/25 6 1/4"
6AM - 4PM 11/12, 11/19 6 1/4"
7AM - 4PM 11/26 6 1/4"
9A: Skiff gill net only, definition WAC 220-16-046 and lawful gear description WAC 220-47-302. 7AM - 7PM 8/22 through 10/30 daily 5"
Note: It is unlawful to retain chum salmon taken in Area 9A prior to October 1, and it is unlawful to retain Chinook salmon at any time. Any salmon required to be released must be removed from the net by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.
10, 11: 5PM - 9AM NIGHTLY 10/19, 10/24, 11/2 6 1/4"
5PM - 8AM NIGHTLY 10/27 6 1/4"
4PM - 8AM NIGHTLY 11/7, 11/10, 11/16 6 1/4"
3PM - 8AM NIGHTLY 11/21 6 1/4"
4PM - Midnight NIGHTLY 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 11/24 6 1/4"
12A: Skiff gill net only, definition WAC 220-16-046 and lawful gear description WAC 220-47-302. 7AM - 7PM Dates determined per agreement with tribal comanagers in-season if Summer Chum Salmon Conservation Initiative goals are met allowing for openings of gill net gear. 5"
Note: In Area 12A, it is unlawful to use other than 5-inch minimum mesh in the skiff gill net fishery. It is unlawful to retain Chinook or chum salmon taken in Area 12A at any time, and any salmon required to be released must be removed from the net by cutting the meshes ensnaring the fish.
12, 12B: 7AM - 8PM 10/19, 10/21, 10/25, 10/27, 11/2, 11/4 6 1/4"
6AM - 6PM 11/8, 11/10, 11/16, 11/18 6 1/4"
12C: 6AM - 6PM 11/8, 11/10, 11/16, 11/18 6 1/4"
7AM - 6PM 11/22, 11/25 6 1/4"
All other saltwater and freshwater areas - closed.
Nightly openings refer to the start date.
Within an area or areas, a mesh size restriction remains in effect from the first date indicated until a mesh size change is shown, and the new mesh size restriction remains in effect until changed.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. 10-14-129 (Order 10-137), 220-47-411, filed 7/7/10, effective 8/7/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020. 09-15-054 (Order 09-108), 220-47-411, filed 7/9/09, effective 8/9/09; 08-15-031 (Order 08-167), 220-47-411, filed 7/8/08, effective 8/8/08; 07-20-006, 220-47-411, filed 9/20/07, effective 10/21/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 06-16-045 (Order 06-173), 220-47-411, filed 7/26/06, effective 8/26/06; 05-17-002 (Order 05-166), 220-47-411, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; 04-16-125 (Order 04-202), 220-47-411, filed 8/4/04, effective 9/4/04; 03-16-101 (Order 03-179), 220-47-411, filed 8/6/03, effective 9/6/03; 02-16-004 (Order 02-167), 220-47-411, filed 7/25/02, effective 8/25/02; 01-13-056 (Order 01-106), 220-47-411, filed 6/15/01, effective 7/16/01; 00-18-023 (Order 00-172), 220-47-411, filed 8/28/00, effective 9/28/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-24-011 (Order 99-202), 220-47-411, filed 11/19/99, effective 12/20/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), 220-47-411, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-16-030 (Order 97-124), 220-47-411, filed 7/29/97, effective 8/29/97; 96-15-101 (Order 96-81), 220-47-411, filed 7/22/96, effective 8/22/96; 95-13-056 (Order 95-75), 220-47-411, filed 6/16/95, effective 7/17/95; 94-15-001 (Order 94-62), 220-47-411, filed 7/6/94, effective 8/6/94; 93-14-041 (Order 93-55), 220-47-411, filed 6/29/93, effective 7/30/93; 92-15-105 (Order 92-47), 220-47-411, filed 7/20/92, effective 8/20/92; 91-18-024 (Order 91-72), 220-47-411, filed 8/27/91, effective 9/27/91; 90-13-025 (Order 90-49), 220-47-411, filed 6/11/90, effective 7/12/90; 89-13-004 (Order 89-44), 220-47-411, filed 6/8/89; 88-14-133 (Order 88-48), 220-47-411, filed 7/6/88; 87-15-059 (Order 87-72), 220-47-411, filed 7/14/87; 86-13-038 (Order 86-46), 220-47-411, filed 6/12/86; 85-13-032 (Order 85-60), 220-47-411, filed 6/12/85; 84-13-078 (Order 84-53), 220-47-411, filed 6/21/84; 83-14-020 (Order 83-57), 220-47-411, filed 6/28/83; 82-15-040 (Order 82-83), 220-47-411, filed 7/15/82; 81-18-017 (Order 81-101), 220-47-411, filed 8/25/81; 80-10-058 (Order 80-83), 220-47-411, filed 8/6/80; 78-05-018 (Order 78-16), 220-47-411, filed 4/13/78; Order 77-66, 220-47-411, filed 8/5/77; Order 77-14, 220-47-411, filed 4/15/77; Order 76-41, 220-47-411, filed 6/4/76; Order 1251, 220-47-411, filed 8/18/75; Order 1210, 220-47-411, filed 5/26/75; Order 1143, 220-47-411, filed 8/8/74; Order 1125, 220-47-411, filed 6/6/74; Order 1066, 220-47-411, filed 7/19/73; Order 1057, 220-47-411, filed 5/22/73; Order 988, 220-47-411, filed 4/28/72.]

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