WSR 19-05-092
[Filed February 20, 2019, 10:50 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 18-22-031 on October 29, 2018.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The department seeks to adopt rules concerning the status of the pinto abalone and to classify it as an endangered species.
Hearing Location(s): On April 5-6, 2019, at 8:00 a.m., at the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98501.
Date of Intended Adoption: May 10, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: Michael Ulrich, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98501-3200, email, fax 360-902-2943, by April 3, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Delores Noyes, phone 360-902-2349, TTY 360-902-2207, email
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of this proposal is to preserve the pinto abalone species which has become endangered. Based on the department's preliminary status review in 2018, the pinto abalone population is declining and vulnerable to local extinction. The pinto abalone population, a marine gastropod mollusc (aka "sea snail"), is aging and has experienced widespread reproductive failure. Consequently, the species is not likely to recover without significant protection and assistance. This proposal would remove pinto abalone from the list of food fish/shellfish potentially available for harvest and add it to the state's list of endangered species.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The department conducted an in-depth study on the current status and trends in the pinto abalone populations in local marine waters. The study, underlying factors affecting the pinto abalone's continued existence, and management activities related to restoration are detailed in the preliminary status report for the pinto abalone and this report is available online at
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.32.470, 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.055, 77.12.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington department of fish and wildlife, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Henry Carson, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98501, 360-902-2846; Implementation: Michael Ulrich, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98501, 360-902-2737; and Enforcement: Chief Steve Bear, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98501, 360-902-2373.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Hydraulics are not affected by this rule proposal.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025(3) as the rule content is explicitly and specifically dictated by statute.
A copy of the detailed cost calculations may be obtained by contacting Scott Bird, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98501-3200, fax 360-902-2155, email Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.goc [].
February 19, 2019
Scott Bird
Rules Coordinator
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 17-05-112, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17)
WAC 220-320-010ShellfishClassification.
The following species are classified as shellfish under RCW 77.12.047 and are subject to the provisions of this title:
Pinto abalone
Haliotis kamtschatkana))
Blue mussel
Mytilus trossulus
California mussel
Mytilus californianus
Mediterranean mussel
Mytilus galloprovincialis
Pacific pink scallop
Chlamys rubida
Rock scallop
Crassadoma gigantea
Spiny scallop
Chlamys hastata
Weathervane scallop
Patinopecten caurinus
All macoma clams
Macoma spp.
Butter clam
Saxidomus giganteus
Common cockle
Clinocardium nuttallii
Panopea abrupta
Horse or Gaper clam
Tresus nuttallii,
Tresus capax
Mud or soft shell clam
Mya arenaria
Manila clam
Venerupis philippinarum
Zirfaea pilsbryi
Razor clam
Siliqua patula
Rock or native little neck
Leukoma staminea
Varnish clam
Nuttallia obscurata
All other marine clams existing in Washington in a wild state
All oysters
All squid
Sepiolida or Teuthida
Enteroctopus dolfleini
Goose barnacle
Pollicipes polymerus
Coonstripe shrimp
Pandalus danae
Coonstripe shrimp
Pandalus hypsinotus
Ghost or sand shrimp
Neotrypaea spp.
Humpy shrimp
Pandalus goniurus
Mud shrimp
Upogebia pugettensis
Ocean pink shrimp
Pandalus jordani
Pink shrimp
Pandalus eous
Sidestripe shrimp
Pandalopsis dispar
Spot shrimp
Pandalus platyceros
Dungeness or Pacific crab
Cancer magister
Red rock crab
Cancer productus
Tanner crab
Chionoecetes tanneri
King and box crab
Lopholithodes spp.
Blue king crab
Paralithodes platypus
Red king crab
Paralithodes camtschaticus
Golden king crab
Lithodes aequispinus
Pacifastacus sp.
Sea cucumber
Sea cucumber
Parastichopus californicus
Sea urchin
Green urchin
Red urchin
Purple urchin
Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 17-05-112, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17)
WAC 220-330-090Crawfish, ((abalone,)) sea urchins, sea cucumbers, goose barnaclesAreas and seasons, personal-use fishery.
(1) Crawfish: The open season for crawfish is the first Monday in May through October 31.
(2) ((Abalone: It is unlawful to fish for or possess abalone taken for personal use the entire year.
(3))) Sea urchins: It is lawful to fish for sea urchins for personal use the entire year. It shall be lawful to take, fish for and possess sea urchins for personal use with any hand-operated instrument which does not penetrate the shell.
(((4)))(3) Sea cucumbers: It is lawful to fish for sea cucumbers for personal use the entire year except closed year-round in Marine Area 12. It shall be lawful to take, fish for and possess sea cucumbers for personal use with any hand-operated instrument which does not penetrate the animal.
(((5)))(4) Goose barnacles: It is lawful to take goose barnacles for personal use the entire year.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 18-17-153, filed 8/21/18, effective 9/21/18)
WAC 220-610-010Wildlife classified as endangered species.
Endangered species include:
Common Name
Scientific Name
pygmy rabbit
Brachylagus idahoensis
Pekania pennanti
gray wolf
Canis lupus
grizzly bear
Ursus arctos
killer whale
Orcinus orca
sei whale
Balaenoptera borealis
fin whale
Balaenoptera physalus
blue whale
Balaenoptera musculus
humpback whale
Megaptera novaeangliae
North Pacific right whale
Eubalaena japonica
sperm whale
Physeter macrocephalus
Columbian white-tailed
Odocoileus virginianus leucurus
woodland caribou
Rangifer tarandus caribou
Columbian sharp-tailed grouse
Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus
sandhill crane
Grus canadensis
snowy plover
Charadrius nivosus
upland sandpiper
Bartramia longicauda
spotted owl
Strix occidentalis
western pond turtle
Clemmys marmorata
leatherback sea turtle
Dermochelys coriacea
mardon skipper
Polites mardon
Oregon silverspot
Speyeria zerene hippolyta
Oregon spotted frog
Rana pretiosa
northern leopard frog
Rana pipiens
Taylor's checkerspot
Euphydryas editha taylori
Streaked horned lark
Eremophila alpestris strigata
Tufted puffin
Fratercula cirrhata
North American lynx
Lynx canadensis
marbled murrelet
Brachyramphus marmoratus
Loggerhead sea turtle
Caretta caretta
Yellow-billed cuckoo
Coccyzus americanus
Pinto abalone
Haliotis kamtschatkana