FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 21-91—Filed June 11, 2021, 8:44 a.m., effective June 12, 2021]
Effective Date of Rule: June 12, 2021.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to open retention seasons for white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-312-06000J; and amending WAC 220-312-060.
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 needed to allow a limited harvest of white sturgeon in the Columbia River estuary. The remaining quota balance for legal-size sturgeon retention is large enough to allow for a one-day retention fishery within the lower Columbia River. This action is consistent with decisions made by the states of Washington and Oregon on June 10, 2021. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: June 10, 2021.
Amy H. Windrope
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-06000RFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Columbia River.
Effective June 12, 2021, until further notice, the provisions of WAC 220-312-060 and WAC 220-316-110 regarding white sturgeon retention seasons from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam are as follows. All other provisions of WAC 220-312-060 and WAC 220-316-110 not addressed herein remain in effect unless otherwise amended by emergency rule:
(1) From Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna Powerlines, including Youngs Bay, and all adjacent Washington tributaries:
a. It is permissible to retain white sturgeon on the following date: June 12, 2021.
b. On days open to white sturgeon retention the daily limit of white sturgeon is one fish between 44-inches minimum and 50-inches maximum fork length.
c. Closed to angling for sturgeon at 2:00 pm daily on dates open to sturgeon retention.
d. Catch and release angling is permissible on days not open to sturgeon retention.
(2) From Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam: Sturgeon retention is prohibited.
The following section of Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective June 12, 2021:
Freshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Columbia River. (21-37)