FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 20-197—Filed September 18, 2020, 1:54 p.m., effective September 21, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: September 21, 2020.
Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to close all recreational fishing in the Skagit River, from the Highway 9 Bridge to the Baker River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-04000T; and amending WAC 220-312-040.
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 is necessary to avoid gear conflicts with treaty fisheries scheduled those dates.
The Washington department of fish and wildlife asks anglers to respect tribal fishers and not to interfere with tribal fisheries. Conflicts that arise during on-going fisheries may necessitate additional time and area closures in the future to reduce conflicts.
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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: September 18, 2020.
Amy H. Windrope
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-04000TFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.
Effective 12:01 a.m. September 21 until 6:00 p.m September 22, 2020, the following provisions of WAC 220-312-040 regarding recreational fishing seasons for the Skagit River from Highway 9 Bridge to the mouth of the Baker River, shall be as described below. All other provisions of WAC 220-312-040 not addressed herein, or unless otherwise amended, remain in effect:
Skagit River (Skagit Co.) from Highway 9 Bridge to the mouth of the Baker River:
All species: Closed.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective 6:01 p.m., September 22, 2020.:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Puget Sound.
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