FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 18-321—Filed November 13, 2018, 2:15 p.m., effective November 15, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: November 15, 2018.
Purpose: Amends recreational fishing rules for Whatcom Creek.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-312-040.
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: This rule is needed to close fishing in Whatcom Creek from the mouth to the markers below Dupont Street. The return of chum to Whatcom Creek is currently below the number needed to meet egg take goals for 2018. Closing fishing in Whatcom Creek is necessary to ensure broodstock are available for 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: November 13, 2018.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-04000CFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-040, effective November 15, 2018 until further notice: Whatcom Creek (Whatcom Co.) from the mouth to the markers below the footbridge below Dupont St. in Bellingham: Closed Waters.