FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.
Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500L; and amending WAC 220-56-255.
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 Marine Area 2 recreational halibut fishery is projected to have taken the Pacific halibut quota set-aside for the primary season by the end of the day May 20, 2012. A separate quota set-aside is sufficient to continue to allow halibut fishing seven days per week in the northern nearshore area. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 17, 2012.
(1) Catch Record Card Area 1 - Open until further notice, Thursdays through Saturdays only. It is unlawful during any vessel trip to bring into port or land bottomfish except sablefish or Pacific Cod when halibut are on board. Fishery will reopen on August 3 through September 30, 2012, Fridays through Sundays only.
(2) Catch Record Card Area 2 - Open through May 20, 2012, Sundays and Tuesdays only. See (i) and (ii) below for additional details.
(i) Catch Record Card Area 2 (Northern Nearshore fishery) - Those waters from 47º31.70'N. latitude south to 46º58.00'N latitude and east of a line approximating the 30-fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates, open seven days per week until further notice:
47 ° 31.70 N. lat, 124 ° 37.03 W. long
47 ° 25.67 N. lat, 124 ° 34.79 W. long
47 ° 12.82 N. lat, 124 ° 29.12 W. long
47 ° 58.00 N. lat, 124 ° 24.24 W. long
(ii) Lingcod may be taken, retained and possessed seaward of the 30 fathom line on any day open to the primary halibut fishery as described in (2) above.
(3) Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4 - Open through May 19, 2012, Thursdays and Saturdays only. The following area southwest of Cape Flattery is closed to fishing for halibut at all times:
Beginning at 48º18' N., 125º18' W.; thence to
48°18'N., 124°59'W.; thence to
48°11'N., 124°59'W.; thence to
48°11'N., 125°11'W., thence to
48°04'N., 125°11'W.; thence to
48°04'N., 124°59'W.; thence to
48°N., 124°59'W.; thence to
48°N., 125°18'W.; thence to point of origin.
(4) Catch Record Card Area 5 - Open May 24 through May 28, 2012, Thursday through Monday only. Open May 31 through June 23, 2012, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
(5) Catch Record Card Areas 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 - Open through May 19, 2012, Thursdays through Saturdays only. However, May 24 through May 28, 2012, open Thursday through Monday only. Open May 31 through June 2, 2012, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
(6) Catch Record Card Areas 11, 12, and 13 - Closed.
(7) Daily limit one halibut, no minimum size limit. The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.
(8) It is unlawful to land halibut in a port closed to recreational halibut fishing, except halibut lawfully caught in Canada.
(9) All other permanent rules remain in effect.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
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