WSR 12-13-008




[ Order 12-106 -- Filed June 7, 2012, 10:43 a.m. , effective June 7, 2012, 10:43 a.m. ]

Effective Date of Rule: Immediately.

Purpose: Amend recreational fishing rules.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-56-25500N; 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 take the Pacific halibut quota set aside for the northern nearshore area by the end of the day June 8, 2012. There is sufficient quota remaining in the north coast subarea to reopen the recreational halibut fishery for another day of fishing. There is sufficient quota to reopen the fishery on a Thursday but not enough to reopen on a Saturday without risk of exceeding the quota. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 7, 2012.

Philip Anderson


WAC 220-56-25500P   Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits.   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-56-250 and WAC 220-56-255, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use, except as provided in this section:

(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.

(2) Catch Record Card Area 2 - Closed.

(i) Catch Record Card Area 2 (Northern Nearshore fishery) - Those waters from 4731.70'N. latitude south to 4658.00'N latitude and east of a line approximating the 30-fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates, open seven days per week through June 8, 2012:

4731.70 N. lat, 12437.03 W. long

4725.67 N. lat, 12434.79 W. long

4712.82 N. lat, 12429.12 W. long

4758.00 N. lat, 12424.24 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 Thursday June 14, 2012. The following area southwest of Cape Flattery is closed to fishing for halibut at all times:

Beginning at 4818' N., 12518' W.; thence to

4818'N., 12459'W.; thence to

4811'N., 12459'W.; thence to

4811'N., 12511'W., thence to

4804'N., 12511'W.; thence to

4804'N., 12459'W.; thence to

48N., 12459'W.; thence to

48N., 12518'W.; thence to point of origin.

(4) Catch Record Card Area 5 - Open through June 23, 2012, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

(5) Catch Record Card Areas 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 - Closed.

(6) 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.

(7) It is unlawful to land halibut in a port closed to recreational halibut fishing, except halibut lawfully caught in Canada.

(8) All other permanent rules remain in effect.



     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-56-25500N Halibut -- Seasons -- Daily and possession limits. (12-96)

Washington State Code Reviser's Office