WSR 19-10-059
[Filed April 30, 2019, 9:22 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 220-340-430 Buoy tag, pot tag, and buoy requirements, 220-340-435 Shellfish pot requirements, 220-340-440 Commercial crab gearPossession of another's gear and tag tampering, 220-340-450 Commercial crab fisherySeasons and areasCoastal, 220-340-480 Commercial crab fisheryGear limitsCoastal, and 220-340-490 Commercial crab fisheryCoastal gear recovery permits.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.055, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Changes to coastal commercial Dungeness crab rules are needed to implement regulatory measures that will reduce the risk of crab pot gear entanglements with humpback whales.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Coastal commercial Dungeness crab is managed by the Washington department of fish and wildlife but includes management coordination with Oregon and California through the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee, which is facilitated under the umbrella of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee does not have regulatory authority but will be notified regarding changes that affect Oregon and California.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Heather Hall, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504-3200, phone 360-902-2487, email
April 29, 2019
Scott Bird
Rules Coordinator