FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-122—Filed June 13, 2018, 9:57 a.m., effective June 16, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: June 16, 2018.
Purpose: Amends recreational fishing rules for the Klickitat River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-03000U; and amending WAC 220-312-030.
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: To date, the number of hatchery-origin spring Chinook that have returned to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery is much lower than needed to meet hatchery egg collection goals. Closing the Chinook fishing season will increase the number of hatchery fish available for broodstock and help ensure future hatchery returns. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 13, 2018.
WAC 220-312-03000UFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Southwest.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-03000R and WAC 220-312-030, effective June 16 through July 31, 2018, it is unlawful to retain hatchery adult Chinook salmon in the waters of the Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to the boundary markers below Klickitat Salmon Hatchery. Unless otherwise amended, all permanent rules remain in effect.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective August 1, 2018:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Southwest.