FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-321—Filed December 31, 2019, 2:12 p.m., effective December 31, 2019, 2:12 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend commercial sea urchin rules in Puget Sound.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-75000T; and amending WAC 220-340-750.
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 emergency rule closes harvest of green sea urchins in Sea Urchin Districts 3 and 4, and Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23A of District 2, because the quota for green sea urchin in these areas has been reached. Harvestable surpluses of sea urchin exist in the districts specified. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: December 31, 2019.
WAC 220-340-75000UCommercial sea urchin fishery.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-750, effective immediately, until further notice:
(1) It is unlawful for any person to fish for, take, or possess for commercial purposes any green sea urchins less than 2.25 inches; or red sea urchins measuring less than 3.25 inches or greater than 5 inches. All measurements are caliper measurements of the largest shell (test) diameter, exclusive of the spines.
(2) The following areas are open for red sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1; Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23B, 25A, 25B in District 2; and District 4 west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude.
(3) The following areas are open for green sea urchin harvest only, seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1; Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, in District 2; District 6; and District 7 except all waters of Hale Passage and Wollochet Bay within the following lines: west of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Point Fosdick at 122 degrees 35 minutes west longitude to 47 degrees 14 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true west to the shoreline of Fox Island, and east of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Green Point at 122 degrees 41 minutes west longitude to 47 degrees 16.5 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true east to the shoreline of Fox Island.
(4) The maximum cumulative landings for red sea urchin and green sea urchin for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,500 pounds per species per valid designated sea urchin harvest license. Each fishery week begins Monday and ends Sunday.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
Commercial sea urchin fisheries. (19-318)