FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 20-177—Filed September 2, 2020, 4:32 p.m., effective September 4, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: September 4, 2020.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to open the recreational salmon fishery in Catch Record Card Area 2, seven days per week and to allow retention of up to two Chinook as part of the salmon daily limit.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-313-07000Z and 220-313-07000A; and amending WAC 220-313-070.
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: As of August 30, 2020, Catch Area 2 was at thirty-five percent of recreational harvest guideline for Chinook of twelve thousand four hundred sixty fish and coho was at fifty-seven percent of recreation harvest quota of nine thousand eight hundred fish. Current catch rates indicate there is sufficient quota available to open the fishery seven days per week and to allow up to two Chinook to be retained as part of the daily limit. These rules are adopted at the recommendation of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 2.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 2, 2020.
WAC 220-313-07000ACoastal salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits.
Effective September 4 through September 30, 2020 the provisions of WAC 220-313-070 regarding recreational salmon seasons for Marine Areas 1, 2 and 4 shall be as described below. All other provisions of WAC 220-313-070 not addressed herein remain in effect unless otherwise amended by emergency rule:
(1) Catch Record Card Area 1: Closed.
(2) Catch Record Card Area 2:
(a) Daily limit 2 salmon.
(b) Release wild Coho.
(c) Chinook minimum size 22 inches.
(3) Catch Record Card Area 4: Closed.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective September 4, 2020:
Coastal salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits. (20-151)
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective October 1, 2020:
Coastal salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits. (20-177)
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