FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-135—Filed June 21, 2019, 1:24 p.m., effective June 21, 2019, 1:24 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend recreational halibut rules.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-314-03000U; and amending WAC 220-314-030.
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: There is sufficient quota to open recreational halibut fishing for an additional all depth fishing day in Marine Area 2 (Westport). Opening another day will provide recreational anglers additional opportunity to catch the remaining sport quota. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, International Pacific Halibut Commission and National Marine Fisheries Service. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 21, 2019.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-314-03000VHalibut—Seasons—Daily and possession limits.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-314-030, 220-314-040, and 220-314-010, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for or possess halibut taken for personal use, except as provided in this section:
(1) Catch Record Card Area 1: Closed
(2) Catch Record Card Area 1 (Nearshore fishery); Those waters shoreward from 46°38.17'N. lat., 124°15.88'W. long., to the WA/OR border at 46°16.00'N. lat., 24°15.88'W. long. (then connecting to the 40 fathom depth contour in Oregon):
(a) Open seven days per week.
(b) It is permissible to retain bottomfish while possessing halibut onboard boats in the nearshore area.
(3) Catch Record Card Area 2: Open Saturday June 29, 2019.
(4) Card Areas 3 and 4:
(a) Open Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; Saturday, June 29, 2019.
(b) The following area southwest of Cape Flattery is closed to fishing for halibut at all times:
Beginning at 48º18'N., 125º18'W.; thence to
48º18'N., 124º59'W.; thence to
48º11'N., 124º59'W.; thence to
48º11'N., 125º11'W., thence to
48º04'N., 125º11'W.; thence to
48º04'N., 124º59'W.; thence to
48ºN., 124º59'W.; thence to
48ºN., 125º18'W.; thence to point of origin.
(c) In Marine Areas 3 and 4 (west of the Bonille-Tatoosh Line); it is unlawful to fish for or possess bottomfish seaward of a line approximating the 20-fathom depth contour except, on days open to the Pacific halibut fishery in these areas, it is permissible to retain lingcod, sablefish and Pacific cod seaward of the 20 fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates:
48°23.9'N. lat., 124°44.2'W. long.
48°23.6'N. lat., 124°44.9'W. long.
48°18.6'N. lat., 124°43.6'W. long.
48°18.6'N. lat., 124°48.2'W. long.
48°10.0'N. lat., 124°48.8'W. long.
48°02.4'N. lat., 124°49.3'W. long.
47°37.6'N. lat., 124°34.3'W. long.
47°31.7'N. lat., 124°32.4'W. long.
(d) In Marine Area 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line) it is unlawful to fish for or possess bottomfish seaward of a line approximating 120-feet (20 fathoms), except, on days open to the Pacific halibut fishery in this area, it is permissible to retain lingcod, and Pacific cod seaward of the 120 feet (20 fathoms) as defined by WAC 220-314-010.
(5) Catch Record Card Area 5 through 10:
(a) Open Saturday, June 22; Thursday June 27; and Saturday, June 29, 2019.
(b) It is permissible for halibut anglers to retain Pacific cod caught while fishing for halibut in waters deeper than 120 feet on days when halibut fishing is open in Area 5.
(6) Catch Record Card Areas 11, 12 and 13: Closed.
(7) Daily limit one halibut, no minimum size limit. The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.
(8) It is unlawful to land halibut in a port within an area closed to halibut fishing.
(9) Annual halibut limit is four.
(10) All other permanent rules remain in effect.
Reviser's note: The typographical error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040
Reviser's note: The spelling error in the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appears in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
Halibut—Seasons—Daily and possession limits. (19-128)