WSR 12-11-056

EMERGENCY RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 12-84 -- Filed May 14, 2012, 4:35 p.m. , effective May 14, 2012, 4:35 p.m. ]


Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-52-04600V; and amending WAC 220-52-046.

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: Mandatory meat pick-out rate allowance for coastal crab will be achieved by the opening dates contained herein. The special management areas are listed in accordance with state/tribal management agreements. The stepped opening periods/areas will also provide for fair-start provisions. There is insufficient time to adopt 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: May 14, 2012.

Philip Anderson

Director


NEW SECTION
WAC 220-52-04600Y   Coastal crab seasons.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-046, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for Dungeness crab in Washington coastal waters, the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Willapa Bay, or the Columbia River, except as provided for in this section.

(1) The area from Klipsan Beach (4628.00) to the WA/OR border (4615.00) and Willapa Bay: Open.

(2) For the purposes of this order, the waters of Willapa Bay are defined to include the marine waters east of a line connecting 4644.76 N, 12405.76 W and 4638.93 N, 12404.33 W.

(3) Klipsan Beach and the U.S./Canada Border, including Grays Harbor: Open.

(4) The Quinault primary special management area (PSMA) is closed to fishing for Dungeness crab until 8:00 a.m. June 1, 2012. The PSMA includes the area shoreward of a line approximating the 27-fathom depth curve between Raft River (4728.00) and Copalis River (4708.00) according to the following coordinates:


Northeast Corner (Raft River): 4728.00 N. Lat. 12420.70 W. Lon.
Northwest Corner: 4728.00 N. Lat. 12434.00 W. Lon.
Southwest Corner: 4708.00 N. Lat. 12425.50 W. Lon.
Southeast Corner (Copalis River): 4708.00 N. Lat. 12411.20 W. Lon.

(5) The Quinault Secondary Special Management Area (SSMA) is closed to fishing for Dungeness crab starting at 8:00 A.M., June 1, 2012, from the area shoreward of a line approximating the 27-fathom depth curve between the mouth of the Copalis River (4708.00) and Split Rock (4724.50). This area will be closed until further notice. This SSMA is described by the following coordinates:


Northeast Corner (Split Rock): 4724.50 N. Lat. 12420.00 W. Lon.
Northwest Corner: 4724.50 N. Lat. 12432.40 W. Lon.
Southwest Corner: 4708.00 N. Lat. 12425.50 W. Lon.
Southeast Corner (Copalis River): 4708.00 N. Lat. 12411.20 W. Lon.

(6) It is unlawful for a vessel to use more than 200 pots in the area between Split Rock (4724.50) and Raft River (4728.00) shoreward of a line approximating the 27-fathom depth curve from 8:00 A.M. June 1, 2012, through 8:00 A.M. June 30, 2012. Fishers must pre-register with the Department of Fish and Wildlife 24 hours prior to deploying gear in this area by one of the three following methods:


Fax transmission to Carol Henry at 360-249-1229;

E-mail to: Carol Henry at Carol.Henry@dfw.wa.gov; or

Telephone call to Carol Henry at 360-249-1296.


(7) The Quileute Special Management Area (SMA) opened to fishing for Dungeness crab 8:00 a.m. on May 1, 2012. The SMA includes the area shoreward of a line approximating the 30-fathom depth curve between Destruction Island and Cape Johnson according to the following points:


Northeast Corner (Cape Johnson) 4758.00' N. Lat. 12440.40' W. Lon.
Northwest Corner: 4758.00' N. Lat. 12449.00' W. Lon.
Southwest Corner: 4740.50' N. Lat. 12440.00' W. Lon.
Southeast Corner (Destruction Island): 4740.50' N. Lat. 12424.43' W. Lon.

(8) It is unlawful for a vessel to use more than 100 pots in the Quileuete SMA through 8:00 a.m. June 1, 2012. Fishers must pre-register with the Department of Fish and Wildlife 24 hours prior to deploying gear in this area by one of the three following methods:


Fax transmission to Carol Henry at 360-249-1229;

E-mail to: Carol Henry at: Carol.Henry@dfw.wa.gov or

Telephone call to: Carol Henry at 360-249-1296


(9) All other provisions of the permanent rule remain in effect.

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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.

Reviser's note: The unnecessary underscoring 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:
WAC 220-52-04600V Coastal crab seasons (12-42)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office