FISH AND WILDLIFE
Effective Date of Rule: June 25, 2012.
Purpose: Amend commercial fishing rules.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-52-071.
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: Harvestable amounts of sea cucumbers are available in sea cucumber districts listed. Daily landing limits for sea cucumbers have been requested by the industry in an effort to conserve harvest quota and maximize market opportunities. Prohibition of all diving from licensed sea cucumber harvest vessels within two days of scheduled openings discourages the practice of fishing on closed days and hiding the unlawful catch underwater until the legal opening. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 19, 2012.
(1) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in Sea Cucumber Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 on Monday and Tuesday of each week.
(2) The maximum cumulative landing of sea cucumbers for each two-day fishery opening period is 1,600 pounds per valid designated sea urchin harvest license. It is permissible for all or any fraction of the maximum 1,600 pound total to be harvested during any legal harvest date so long as the cumulative total for the two-day opening does not exceed the maximum.
(3) It is unlawful to dive for any purpose from a commercially licensed sea cucumber fishing vessel on Saturday and Sunday of each week, except by written permission from the Director.