FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 20-12—Filed January 23, 2020, 5:36 p.m., effective January 23, 2020, 5:36 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amends Puget Sound commercial crabbing rules.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-45500F; and amending WAC 220-340-455.
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 will close Region 3-1 to commercial crab harvest at 6:00 p.m. on January 24, 2020. It will continue the Puget Sound commercial crab harvest in Regions 2-West and 3-3 with fifty pots per license. These provisions are in conformity with agreed management plans with applicable tribes. These management plans are entered into as required by court order. The Puget Sound commercial season is structured to meet harvest allocation objectives negotiated with applicable treaty tribes and outlined in the management plans. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: January 22, 2020.
Amy H. Windrope
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-340-45500GCommercial crab fishery—Seasons and areas—Puget Sound.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-455:
1) Effective immediately until further notice, all of Crab Management Regions 1, 2-East, and 3-2 are closed. Region 1 includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A and 22B. Region 2-East includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East. Region 3-2 includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E.
2) Effective immediately until further notice, it is permissible to fish for Dungeness crab for commercial purposes in Crab Management Regions 2-West and 3-3. Region 2-West includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D, and 26A West. Region 3-3 includes Catch Reporting Areas 23C and 29.
3) Crab Management Region 3-1 is open and will close on January 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This includes Catch Reporting Areas 23A and 23B.
4) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any license holder or alternate operator to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 2-West, Region 3-1, and Region 3-3.
5) All remaining buoy tags per license must be onboard the designated vessel and available for immediate inspection.
6) Effective immediately until further notice, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:
(a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123°7.0' longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.
(b) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.
(c) Everett Flats which are those portions of catch area 26AE east of a line from Howarth Park due north to the south end of Gedney Island and catch area 24B east of a line from the north end of Gedney Island to Camano Head and south of a line drawn from Camano Head to Hermosa Point on the Tulalip reservation.
The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed:
Commercial crab fishery—Seasons and areas—Puget Sound. (20-10)