FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 21-176—Filed September 2, 2021, 4:58 p.m., effective September 2, 2021, 4:58 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to increase the landing and possession limit for the coastal commercial troll fleet coho fishery.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-354-30000Z; and amending WAC 220-354-300.
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: A harvestable quota of salmon is available for the troll fleet. This regulation is necessary to both meet conservation limits and to provide fishing opportunity and its corresponding economic benefit. These rules are adopted at the recommendation of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, in accordance with preseason fishing plans, and have been adopted for federal waters by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 2, 2021.
WAC 220-354-30000ACoastal salmon troll seasons—Commercial.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-354-300, WAC 220-353-050 and WAC 220-354-010, effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful to fish for salmon with troll gear or to land salmon taken with troll gear into a Washington port except during the seasons and under conditions provided below:
(1) Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3, and that portion of Area 4 west of 125°05'00" W longitude and south of 48°23'00" N latitude open: immediately through September 30, 2021.
(2) Grays Harbor Control Zone, defined by a line drawn from the Westport Lighthouse (46°53′18″N. lat., 124°07′01″W. long.); thence to Buoy #2 (46°52′42″N. lat., 124°12′42″W. long.); thence to Buoy #3 (46°55′00″N. lat., 124°14′48″W. long.); thence to the Grays Harbor north jetty (46°55′36″N. lat., 124°10′51″W. long.): Closed.
(3) Landing and possession limit of 50 marked coho per vessel per landing week, defined as Thursday through Wednesday.
(4) The Cape Flattery and Columbia River Control Zones are closed. The Mandatory Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area is closed.
(5) All retained coho must be marked with a healed adipose fin clip.
(6) No chum retention north of Cape Alava, WA in August and September.
(7) Minimum size for Chinook salmon is 27 inches in length (20 1/2 inches frozen dressed). Minimum size for coho salmon is 16 inches in length (12 inches frozen dressed). No minimum size for pink, sockeye or chum salmon.
(8) For delivery to Washington ports east of the Sekiu River, vessels must notify WDFW at (360)249-1215 or by email at Danielle.Williams@dfw.wa.gov prior to crossing the Bonilla-Tatoosh line with area fished, total Chinook, coho, and halibut catch aboard, and destination with approximate time of delivery. Vessels may not land fish east of Port Angeles or east of the Megler-Astoria bridge.
(9) It is unlawful to fish in Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3 or 4 with fish on board taken south of Cape Falcon, Oregon and all fish taken from Salmon Management and Catch Reporting Areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 must be landed before fishing south of Cape Falcon, Oregon.
(10) It is unlawful for wholesale dealers and trollers retailing their fish to fail to report their landing by 10:00 a.m. the day following landing. Ticket information can be telephoned in by calling 1-866-791-1279, faxing the information to (360) 902-2949, or e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Report the dealer name, the dealer license number, the purchasing location, the date of purchase, the fish ticket numbers, the gear used, the catch area, the species, the total number for each species, and the total weight for each species, including halibut.
The following section [of] Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective immediately:
Coastal salmon troll seasons—Commercial. (21-107)
Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.