FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-206—Filed August 28, 2018, 4:58 p.m., effective August 31, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: August 31, 2018.
Purpose: Amends trout daily limit for West Medical Lake (Spokane Co.). The lake is scheduled to be treated with a fish pesticide.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-312-050.
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: West Medical Lake is scheduled to be treated with rotenone to remove nuisance fish species as part of an effort to restore the quality of trout fishing in those waters. Rotenone is an organic substance derived from the roots of tropical plants, which has been approved for use as a fish pesticide by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to the treatment, fishery managers are allowing current license holders to harvest trout without a daily limit and to extend the fishing season. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 28, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-05000VFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-050, effective August 31 through October 7, 2018, it is permissible to fish in the waters of West Medical Lake (Spokane Co.) with no daily limit for trout. All other species must be returned to the water immediately.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 8, 2018:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Eastside.