WSR 12-05-112

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Filed February 22, 2012, 9:25 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 12-01-104 on December 21, 2011.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 220-47-311, 220-47-401, 220-47-411, 220-47-427, and 220-47-428, rules for commercial salmon fishing in Puget Sound.

Hearing Location(s): Natural Resources Building, Room 175, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504, on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: On or after Friday, April 6, 2012.

Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, WDFW Enforcement, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091, e-mail Lori.preuss@dfw.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-2155, by Monday, March 26, 2012.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Tami Lininger by Monday, March 26, 2012, TTY (360) 902-2207 or (360) 902-2267.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: These rules incorporate the recommendations of the North of Falcon subgroup of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to take harvestable fish in commercial salmon fisheries in Puget Sound while protecting species of fish listed as endangered.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: To protect species of fish listed as endangered while supporting commercial salmon fishing in Puget Sound.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington department of fish and wildlife, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Kendall Henry, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, (360) 902-2717; Implementation: Jim Scott, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, (360) 902-2651; and Enforcement: Bruce Bjork, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, (360) 902-2373.

A small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

Small Business Economic Impact Statement

1. Description of the Reporting, Record-keeping, and Other Compliance Requirements of the Proposed Rule: These rules will incorporate the recommendations of the North of Falcon subgroup of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council to take harvestable salmon while protecting species of fish, marine mammals, and sea birds listed as endangered. The rules include legal gear requirements, area restrictions, and open periods for commercial salmon fisheries occurring in Puget Sound.

2. Kinds of Professional Services That a Small Business is Likely to Need in Order to Comply with Such Requirements: These rule changes clarify dates for anticipated open periods and areas for full-fleet and limited-participation salmon fisheries, and legal gear requirements for those fisheries. There are no anticipated professional services required to comply.

3. Costs of Compliance for Businesses, Including Costs of Equipment, Supplies, Labor, and Increased Administrative Costs: The proposed rules adjust opening and closing dates, except in Area 12A, where the proposed rules allow the use of larger nets at the request of the affected businesses. However, the proposed rules do not require the purchase or use of larger nets. The proposed rules do not require any additional equipment, supplies, labor, or administrative costs. Therefore, there is no additional cost to comply with the proposed rules.

4. Will Compliance with the Rule Cause Businesses to Lose Sales or Revenue? The proposed rules do not affect the harvestable numbers of salmon available to nontreaty fleets. Therefore, the proposed rules should not cause any businesses to lose sales or revenue.

5. Cost of Compliance for Small Businesses Compared with the Cost of Compliance for the Ten Percent of Businesses That are the Largest Businesses Required to Comply with the Proposed Rules Using One or More of the Following as a Basis for Comparing Costs:

1. Cost per employee;

2. Cost per hour of labor; or

3. Cost per one hundred dollars of sales

None - The proposed rules do not require any additional equipment, supplies, labor, or administrative costs.

6. Steps Taken by the Agency to Reduce the Costs of the Rule on Small Businesses, or Reasonable Justification for Not Doing So: Most businesses affected by these rules are small businesses. As indicated above, all of the gear restrictions proposed by the rules are identical to gear restrictions the Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) has required in past salmon fishery seasons. Therefore, the gear restrictions will not impose new costs on small businesses.

7. A Description of How the Agency Will Involve Small Businesses in the Development of the Rule: As in previous years, WDFW interacts with and receives input from affected businesses through the North of Falcon process, which is a series of public meetings occurring from February through April each year. These meetings allow small businesses to participate in formulating these rules.

8. A List of Industries That Will Be Required to Comply with the Rule: All licensed fishers attempting to harvest salmon in the all-citizen commercial salmon fisheries occurring in Puget Sound will be required to comply with these rules.

9. An Estimate of the Number of Jobs That Will Be Created or Lost as a Result of Compliance with the Proposed Rule: As explained above, these rules impose similar requirements used in the previous years' salmon fisheries. Compliance with the rules will not result in the creation or loss of jobs.

A copy of the statement may be obtained 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.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. These proposals do not affect hydraulics.

February 22, 2012

Lori Preuss

Rules Coordinator

OTS-4638.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 11-165, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11)

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, 10/16, 10/17, 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))
7AM - 5PM - 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8, 11/9, 11/10((, 11/11, 11/12))
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 - ((8/17, 8/24, 8/31)) 8/15, 8/22, 8/29
7B: 7AM - 8PM - ((9/7)) 9/5
7AM - 7PM - 9/10, 9/12, 9/14((, 9/16))
7AM ((9/18)) 9/16 - 6PM ((10/29)) 10/27
7AM ((10/31)) 10/29 - 4PM ((11/4)) 11/2
7AM ((11/7)) 11/5 - 4PM ((11/11)) 11/9
7AM ((11/14)) 11/12 - 4PM ((11/18)) 11/15
7AM ((11/21)) 11/19 - 4PM ((11/25)) 11/23
8AM ((11/28)) 11/26 - 4PM ((12/2)) 11/30
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.
((8 6AM - 8PM - 8/22, 8/24, 8/30, 9/1))
8A: ((6AM - 8PM - 8/18, 8/23, 8/25, 8/29))
7AM - 7PM - Limited participation - two boats (((9/19, 9/26)) 9/17, 9/24)
8D: 7AM - 7PM - ((9/19, 9/26, 10/3)) 9/17, 9/24, 10/1
7AM - 6PM - ((10/10, 10/18, 10/24, 10/26, 11/1)) 10/8, 10/16, 10/22, 10/24, 10/29
7AM - 5PM - 11/5, 11/7, ((11/9, 11/15)) 11/13
7AM - 4PM - ((11/29)) 11/20
10 ((6AM - 8PM - Limited participation - four boats (8/22, 8/24, 8/30)))
10, 11: 7AM - 6PM - ((10/18, 10/24, 10/26, 11/1)) 10/15, 10/23, 10/25, 10/29
7AM - 5PM - ((11/7, 11/9, 11/15)) 11/6, 11/8, 11/12
7AM - 4PM - ((11/22)) 11/20
12, 12B: 7AM - 6PM - ((10/18, 10/24, 10/26, 11/1)) 10/15, 10/23, 10/25, 10/29
7AM - 5PM - ((11/7, 11/9, 11/15)) 11/6, 11/8, 11/12
12C: 7AM - 5PM - ((11/7, 11/9, 11/15)) 11/6, 11/8, 11/12
7AM - 4PM - ((11/21)) 11/20
Note: In Area 10 during any open period occurring in August or September, it is unlawful to fail to brail or use a brailing bunt 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). During limited participation fisheries it is unlawful for vessels to take or fish for salmon without department observers on board.

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 ((22)) 20 in Area 7B.

Coho salmon - At all times in Areas 7, 7A, 10, and 11, and prior to September ((4)) 2 in Area 7B.

Chum salmon - Prior to October 1 in Areas 7 and 7A, and at all times in 8A.

All other saltwater and freshwater areas - Closed.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. 11-16-016 (Order 11-165), 220-47-311, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11; 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.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 11-165, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11)

WAC 220-47-401   Reef net open periods.   (1) It is unlawful to take, fish for, or possess salmon taken with reef net gear for commercial purposes in Puget Sound, except in the following designated Puget Sound Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas, during the periods provided for in each respective area:


AREA TIME DATE(S)
7, 7A 5AM - 9PM Daily ((10/2 - 11/13)) 9/30 - 11/10

(2) It is unlawful at all times to retain wild Chinook salmon taken with reef net gear, and it is unlawful prior to October 1 to retain chum or wild coho salmon taken with reef net gear.

(3) It is unlawful to retain marked Chinook after September 30.

(a) It is unlawful to retain marked Chinook with reef net gear if the fisher does not have in his or her immediate possession a department-issued Puget Sound Reef Net Logbook with all retained Chinook accounted for in the logbook. Marked Chinook are those with a clipped adipose fin and a healed scar at the site of the clipped fin.

(b) Completed logs must be submitted and received within six working days to: Puget Sound Commercial Salmon Manager, Department of Fish & Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA((,)) 98501-1091.

(4) All other saltwater and freshwater areas - Closed.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. 11-16-016 (Order 11-165), 220-47-401, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11; 10-14-129 (Order 10-137), 220-47-401, filed 7/7/10, effective 8/7/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020. 09-15-054 (Order 09-108), 220-47-401, filed 7/9/09, effective 8/9/09; 08-15-031 (Order 08-167), 220-47-401, filed 7/8/08, effective 8/8/08; 07-20-006, 220-47-401, filed 9/20/07, effective 10/21/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 06-16-045 (Order 06-173), 220-47-401, filed 7/26/06, effective 8/26/06; 05-17-002 (Order 05-166), 220-47-401, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; 04-16-125 (Order 04-202), 220-47-401, filed 8/4/04, effective 9/4/04; 03-18-005 (Order 03-210), 220-47-401, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; 02-16-004 (Order 02-167), 220-47-401, filed 7/25/02, effective 8/25/02; 01-13-056 (Order 01-106), 220-47-401, filed 6/15/01, effective 7/16/01; 00-18-023 (Order 00-172), 220-47-401, filed 8/28/00, effective 9/28/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-24-011 (Order 99-202), 220-47-401, filed 11/19/99, effective 12/20/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), 220-47-401, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-16-030 (Order 97-124), 220-47-401, filed 7/29/97, effective 8/29/97; 96-15-101 (Order 96-81), 220-47-401, filed 7/22/96, effective 8/22/96; 95-13-056 (Order 95-75), 220-47-401, filed 6/16/95, effective 7/17/95; 94-15-001 (Order 94-62), 220-47-401, filed 7/6/94, effective 8/6/94; 93-14-041 (Order 93-55), 220-47-401, filed 6/29/93, effective 7/30/93; 92-15-105 (Order 92-47), 220-47-401, filed 7/20/92, effective 8/20/92; 91-18-024 (Order 91-72), 220-47-401, filed 8/27/91, effective 9/27/91; 90-13-025 (Order 90-49), 220-47-401, filed 6/11/90, effective 7/12/90; 89-13-004 (Order 89-44), 220-47-401, filed 6/8/89; 88-14-133 (Order 88-48), 220-47-401, filed 7/6/88; 87-15-059 (Order 87-72), 220-47-401, filed 7/14/87; 86-13-038 (Order 86-46), 220-47-401, filed 6/12/86; 81-18-017 (Order 81-101), 220-47-401, filed 8/25/81; 80-10-058 (Order 80-83), 220-47-401, filed 8/6/80; 78-05-018 (Order 78-16), 220-47-401, filed 4/13/78; Order 77-66, 220-47-401, filed 8/5/77; Order 77-14, 220-47-401, filed 4/15/77; Order 76-41, 220-47-401, filed 6/4/76; Order 1210, 220-47-401, filed 5/26/75; Order 1143, 220-47-401, filed 8/8/74; Order 1125, 220-47-401, filed 6/6/74; Order 1066, 220-47-401, filed 7/19/73; Order 1057, 220-47-401, filed 5/22/73; Order 988, 220-47-401, filed 4/28/72.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 11-165, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11)

WAC 220-47-411   ((Gill net)) Gillnet -- Open periods.   It is unlawful to take, fish for, or possess salmon taken with ((gill net)) gillnet 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)) gillnet only, definition WAC 220-16-046 and lawful gear description WAC 220-47-302. 7AM - 7PM 9/21, 9/22, ((9/23)) 9/24, 9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28, ((9/29, 9/30)) 10/1, 10/2, 10/3, 10/4, 10/5, ((10/6, 10/7)) 10/8, 10/9, 10/10, 10/11, 10/12, ((10/13)) 10/15, 10/16, 10/17, 10/18, 10/19((, 10/20, 10/21)) 5"
Note: In Area 6D, it is unlawful to use other than 5-inch minimum mesh in the skiff ((gill net)) gillnet 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 10/14, 10/15, 10/16, 10/17, 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)) 6 1/4"
Note: In Areas 7 and 7A after October 9 but prior to October 16, 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)) gillnet web enters the water, until the ((gill net)) gillnet 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 8/12, 8/14, ((8/16, 8/17)) 8/15, 8/19, 8/20, 8/21, 8/22, ((8/23, 8/24)) 8/26, 8/28, 8/29, 8/30((, 8/31)) 7"
7B: 7AM - 7 AM the day following 9/2, 9/3, 9/4, 9/5, 9/6, ((9/7, 9/8)) 9/9, 9/10, 9/11, 9/12, 9/13((, 9/14, 9/15)) 5"
7AM ((9/18)) 9/16 - Midnight ((10/22)) 10/20 5"
12:01AM ((10/23)) 10/21 - Midnight ((10/29)) 10/27 6 1/4"
7AM ((10/31)) 10/29 - 4PM ((11/4)) 11/2 6 1/4"
6AM ((11/7)) 11/5 - 4PM ((11/11)) 11/9 6 1/4"
6AM ((11/14)) 11/12 - 4PM ((11/18)) 11/16 6 1/4"
7AM ((11/21)) 11/19 - 4PM ((11/25)) 11/23 6 1/4"
8AM ((11/28)) 11/26 - 4PM ((12/2)) 11/30 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)) gillnets 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.
((8: 5AM - 11PM 8/23, 8/25 5" minimum and 5 1/2" maximum
5:30AM - 11PM 8/29, 8/31 5" minimum and 5 1/2" maximum))
Note: In Area 8 it is unlawful to take or fish for pink salmon with drift ((gill nets)) gillnets greater than 60-mesh maximum depth.
8A: ((5AM - 11:30PM 8/17 5" minimum and 5 1/2" maximum
5AM - 11PM 8/22, 8/24 5" minimum and 5 1/2" maximum
5:30AM - 11PM 8/31 5" minimum and 5 1/2" maximum))
6PM - 8AM NIGHTLY ((9/27, 9/28)) 9/25, 9/26 5"
8D: 6PM - 8AM NIGHTLY ((9/18, 9/19,)) 9/16, 9/20, ((9/21, 9/22, 9/25, 9/26)) 9/23, 9/27, ((9/28, 9/29, 10/2, 10/3)) 9/30, 10/4((, 10/5, 10/6)) 5"
6PM 9/17 - 8AM 9/20 5"
6PM 9/24 - 8AM 9/27 5"
6PM 10/1 - 8AM 10/4 5"
5PM - 8AM ((10/9, 10/10)) 10/7, 10/11((, 10/12, 10/13)) 5"
5PM 10/8 - 8AM 10/11 5"
5PM - 9AM ((10/16, 10/17)) 10/14, 10/18, ((10/19, 10/20, 10/23, 10/24)) 10/21, 10/25, ((10/26, 10/27, 10/30, 10/31)) 10/28, 11/1((, 11/2, 11/3)) 5"
((7AM - 9PM 9/20, 9/21, 9/27, 9/28, 10/4, 10/5 5"))
5PM 10/15 - 9AM 10/18 5"
5PM 10/22 - 9AM 10/25 5"
5PM 10/29 - 9AM 11/1 5"
((7AM - 8PM 10/11, 10/12, 10/18, 10/19, 10/25, 10/26, 11/1, 11/2 5"))
6AM - 6PM ((11/9, 11/10, 11/16, 11/17)) 11/7, 11/8, 11/14, 11/15 6 1/4"
7AM - 6PM ((11/23, 11/24)) 11/21, 11/22 6 1/4"
6AM - 4PM ((11/11, 11/18)) 11/9, 11/16 6 1/4"
7AM - 4PM ((11/25)) 11/23 6 1/4"
9A: Skiff ((gill net)) gillnet only, definition WAC 220-16-046 and lawful gear description WAC 220-47-302. 7AM ((8/21)) 8/19 - 7PM ((10/29)) 10/27 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 5AM - 11PM Limited participation - four boats (8/23, 8/25) 4 1/2" minimum and 5 1/2" maximum
5:30AM - 11PM Limited participation - four boats (8/30) 4 1/2" minimum and 5 1/2" maximum))
Note: In Area 10 during August or September openings 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)) gillnet web enters the water, until the ((gill net)) gillnet is fully retrieved from the water. Fishers must also use a recovery box in compliance with WAC 220-47-302 (5)(a) through (f). During all limited participation fisheries it is unlawful for vessels to take or fish for salmon without department observers on board.
10, 11: 5PM - 9AM NIGHTLY 10/16, ((10/27)) 10/21, 10/30 6 1/4"
5PM - 8AM NIGHTLY ((10/25)) 10/24 6 1/4"
4PM - 8AM NIGHTLY ((11/8, 11/10)) 11/4, 11/7, 11/13 6 1/4"
3PM - 8AM NIGHTLY ((11/20)) 11/18 6 1/4"
4PM - Midnight NIGHTLY ((10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/23)) 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/21 6 1/4"
12A: Skiff ((gill net)) gillnet only, definition WAC 220-16-046 and lawful gear description WAC 220-47-302. 7AM - 7PM Dates determined per agreement with tribal co-managers in-season if Summer Chum Salmon Conservation Initiative goals are met allowing for openings of ((gill net)) gillnet gear. 5"
Note: In Area 12A, it is unlawful to use other than 5-inch minimum mesh in the skiff ((gill net)) gillnet 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 ((10/17, 10/19, 10/25, 10/27, 10/31, 11/2)) 10/16, 10/18, 10/22, 10/24, 10/30, 11/1 6 1/4"
6AM - 6PM ((11/8, 11/10, 11/14, 11/16)) 11/5, 11/7, 11/13, 11/15 6 1/4"
12C: 6AM - 6PM ((11/8, 11/10, 11/14, 11/16)) 11/5, 11/7, 11/13, 11/15 6 1/4"
7AM - 6PM ((11/22, 11/24)) 11/18, 11/19, 11/21 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. 11-16-016 (Order 11-165), 220-47-411, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11; 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.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 11-165, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11)

WAC 220-47-427   Puget Sound -- Beach seine -- Emerging commercial fishery -- Eligibility -- Lawful gear.   (1) The Puget Sound beach seine salmon fishery is designated as an emerging commercial fishery for which a vessel is required. An emerging commercial fishery license and an experimental fishery permit are required to participate in this fishery.

(2) The department will issue four salmon beach seine experimental fishery permits.

(3) The following is the selection process the department will use to offer a salmon beach seine experimental permit.

(a) Persons who held a salmon beach seine experimental fishery permit in the previous management year will be eligible for a permit in the current management year.

(b) The department will work with the advisory board, per RCW 77.70.160(1), to establish criteria by which applicants ((would)) will qualify to enter the pool. The pool established by this drawing will be maintained to replace any permit(s) which ((may be)) are voided.

(4) Permit holders are required to participate in the salmon beach seine experimental fishery.

(a) For purposes of this section, "participation" means the holder of the salmon beach seine experimental permit ((being)) is aboard the designated vessel in the open fishery.

(b) If the salmon beach seine experimental permit holder fails to participate, the salmon beach seine experimental permit issued to that fisher will be ((void)) voided, and a new salmon beach seine experimental permit will be issued through a random drawing from the applicant pool.

(c) The department may require permit holders to show proof of participation by maintaining a department approved log book or registering with state officials each day the salmon beach seine experimental permit holder participates.

(d) Persons who participate((,)) in the fishery but violate conditions of a salmon beach seine experimental permit((,)) will have ((the)) their permit voided, and a new salmon beach seine experimental permit will be reissued through a random drawing from the pool of the voided permit holder.

(5) In Quilcene Bay, chum salmon may not be retained by a salmon beach seine experimental permit holder. Chum salmon in Quilcene Bay must be released alive.

(6) Any person who fails to purchase the license, fails to participate, or violates the conditions of a salmon beach seine experimental permit will have his or her name permanently withdrawn from the pools.

(7) It is unlawful to take salmon with beach seine gear that does not meet the requirements of this subsection.

(a) Beach seine salmon nets in Puget Sound shall not exceed ((600)) 990 feet in length or ((100)) 200 meshes in depth, or contain meshes of a size less than 3 inches or greater than 4 inches.

(b) Mesh webbing must be constructed with a twine size no smaller than 210/30d nylon, 12 thread cotton, or the equivalent diameter in any other material.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. 11-16-016 (Order 11-165), 220-47-427, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11; 10-14-129 (Order 10-137), 220-47-427, filed 7/7/10, effective 8/7/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020. 09-15-054 (Order 09-108), 220-47-427, filed 7/9/09, effective 8/9/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 03-18-005 (Order 03-210), 220-47-427, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; 00-18-023 (Order 00-172), 220-47-427, filed 8/28/00, effective 9/28/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-24-011 (Order 99-202), 220-47-427, filed 11/19/99, effective 12/20/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), 220-47-427, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-16-030 (Order 97-124), 220-47-427, filed 7/29/97, effective 8/29/97; 96-19-049 (Order 96-152), 220-47-427, filed 9/12/96, effective 10/13/96.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 11-165, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11)

WAC 220-47-428   Beach seine -- Open periods.   It is unlawful to take, fish for, or possess salmon taken with beach seine gear for commercial purposes from Puget Sound except in the following designated Puget Sound Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas during the periods provided hereinafter in each respective Management and Catch Reporting Area:

All areas:


AREA TIME DATE(S)
12A: 7AM - 7PM 8/20, 8/21, 8/22, 8/23, 8/24, ((8/25, 8/26)) 8/27, 8/28, 8/29, 8/30, 8/31, ((9/1, 9/2)) 9/3, 9/4, 9/5, 9/6, 9/7, ((9/8, 9/9)) 9/10, 9/11, 9/12, 9/13, 9/14, ((9/15, 9/16)) 9/17, 9/18, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, ((9/22, 9/23)) 9/24, 9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28((, 9/29, 9/30))
12H: 7AM - 7PM November (dates determined per agreement with tribal co-managers in-season if harvestable surplus of salmon remain).

It is unlawful to retain Chinook taken with beach seine gear in all areas, and it is unlawful to retain chum from Area 12A.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047. 11-16-016 (Order 11-165), 220-47-428, filed 7/22/11, effective 8/22/11; 10-14-129 (Order 10-137), 220-47-428, filed 7/7/10, effective 8/7/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020. 09-15-054 (Order 09-108), 220-47-428, filed 7/9/09, effective 8/9/09. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 05-17-002 (Order 05-166), 220-47-428, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; 04-16-125 (Order 04-202), 220-47-428, filed 8/4/04, effective 9/4/04; 03-18-005 (Order 03-210), 220-47-428, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; 02-16-004 (Order 02-167), 220-47-428, filed 7/25/02, effective 8/25/02; 01-13-056 (Order 01-106), 220-47-428, filed 6/15/01, effective 7/16/01; 00-18-023 (Order 00-172), 220-47-428, filed 8/28/00, effective 9/28/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-24-011 (Order 99-202), 220-47-428, filed 11/19/99, effective 12/20/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), 220-47-428, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-16-030 (Order 97-124), 220-47-428, filed 7/29/97, effective 8/29/97; 96-15-101 (Order 96-81), 220-47-428, filed 7/22/96, effective 8/22/96.]

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