WSR 20-20-014
[Order 20-205—Filed September 24, 2020, 5:31 p.m., effective September 24, 2020, 5:31 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: This rule closes trawl nonspot shrimp harvest in Shrimp Management Area (SMA) 1B and pot nonspot shrimp harvest in Region 1 due to the attainment of quota.
In addition, this regulation includes previous emergency regulation amendments:
1. Defines the SMAs and regions open to nonspot shrimp commercial harvest;
2. Sets the harvest and gear limitations for the Puget Sound shrimp trawl fishery;
3. Requires purchase of shrimp harvested by designated fisheries to be done by appropriately licensed dealers.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-52000A; and amending WAC 220-340-520.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047.
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: The 2020 State/Tribal Shrimp Harvest Management Plans for the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound require adoption of harvest seasons contained in this emergency rule. This rule does the following:
(1) Closes the nonspot pot fishery within SMAs 1A, 1B, and 1C on September 27, 2020, or when the remaining 289 lbs. of quota are harvested, whichever comes first; and
(2) Closes SMA 1B to trawl harvest of nonspot shrimp due to the attainment of quota.
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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 24, 2020.
Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-340-52000BPuget Sound shrimp pot and trawl fisherySeason.
Effective immediately until further notice, pursuant to RCW 34.05.350, the following provisions of WAC 220-340-520 regarding Puget Sound commercial shrimp pot harvest, non-spot shrimp harvest, spot shrimp harvest, trawl shrimp harvest and sales shall be described below. All other provisions of WAC 220-340-520 not addressed herein, and unless otherwise amended, remain in effect:
(1) Shrimp Pot Harvests:
(a) All waters of Shrimp Management Areas (SMA's) 1A, 1B, 1C, 2W, and 3 are open to the harvest of all non-spot shrimp species, effective immediately until further notice, except as provided for in this section:
Discovery Bay Shrimp District is closed to the harvest of all shrimp species.
(b) It is unlawful to harvest shrimp in more than one SMA per day.
(2) Shrimp Non-spot Pot Harvest Restrictions
(a) The non-spot shrimp catch accounting period is weekly from Wednesday through Tuesday, totaling 7 days in length.
(b) It is unlawful for the combined total harvest of non-spot shrimp by a fisher or the fisher's alternate operator to exceed 600 pounds per shrimp catch accounting week from SMA's 1A, 1B, 1C, 2W combined. SMA 3 does not have a weekly landing limit.
(c) Harvest of non-spot shrimp is not permitted deeper than 175 feet in SMA 2W. SMA 2W is comprised of Catch Areas 25B, 25C, 25D, and 26AW.
(d) Effective September 27 at 11:59 p.m. or when the remaining 289 lbs. of quota is landed, whichever comes first, SMA's 1A, 1B, and 1C are closed to pot harvest of non-spot shrimp.
(3) Shrimp trawl gear:
(a) SMA 3 (outside of the Discovery Bay Shrimp District, Sequim Bay and Catch Area 23D) is open, effective immediately, until further notice. Sequim Bay includes those waters of Catch Area 25A south of a line projected west from Travis Spit on the Miller Peninsula.
(b) Effective immediately, SMA 1B is closed.
(4) All shrimp taken under this section must be sold to licensed Washington State wholesale fish dealers.
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.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 220-340-52000A
Puget Sound shrimp pot and trawl fishery—Season. (20-193)