WSR 14-15-138
[Filed July 23, 2014, 8:18 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery rules to permanently adopt quick reporting requirements in the Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: A recent permanent rule change adopted by the fish and wildlife commission established a fixed annual quota of sixty-six thousand pounds in the Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery. This fixed quota means that the department now needs in-season catch tracking to ensure overharvest does not occur. As such, the department filed an emergency rule amending WAC 220-49-005 on July 3, 2014, that established "quick reporting" procedures for the Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery. Requiring fishers to "quick report" their catch by 10 a.m. the next day allows fishery managers to track harvest in near real-time. This proposed rule making would make quick reporting requirements permanent in the Puget Sound commercial smelt fishery in response to the fixed quota adopted by the commission.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Pilot rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Craig Burley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marine Resources Division, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501, (360) 902-2784,
July 23, 2014
Joanna M. Eide
Rules Coordinator