FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 20-24—Filed February 10, 2020, 5:13 p.m., effective February 14, 2020, 8:00 a.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: February 14, 2020, 8:00 a.m.
Purpose: Amend recreational smelt rules.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-315-03000A; and amending WAC 220-315-030.
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: This rule sets a limited Columbia River recreational fishery for eulachon smelt. The regulation is consistent with a conservative research-level fishery, reduced from the level-one fishery as described in the "Washington and Oregon Eulachon Management Plan" for the Columbia River. The expected return of eulachon to the Columbia River in 2020 is expected to be similar in magnitude to the run in 2019. The fishery serves as an important test fishery to monitor run strength and timing and to collect biological data. NOAA Fisheries concurs that a limited fishery is consistent with recovery of eulachon smelt. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent regulations.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: February 10, 2020.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-315-03000ASmelt—Areas and seasons
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-315-030, the Columbia River and Washington tributaries are closed to fishing for eulachon smelt except as provided below:
Open Dates: Friday February 14, 2020. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (5-hour period).
Open Area: Cowlitz River (bank only) from the HWY 432 Bridge upstream to the Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Ramp located approximately 1,300 feet upstream of the HWY 411/A Street Bridge in Castle Rock.
Daily Limit: 10 pounds. Possession limit equal to one daily limit.
Gear: Dip net.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 1:01 p.m. February 14, 2020:
Smelt—Areas and seasons