FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 21-260—Filed November 18, 2021, 2:54 p.m., effective November 20, 2021]
Effective Date of Rule: November 20, 2021.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to close recreational salmon angling in Catch Record Card Area 11, beginning November 20, 2021.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-313-06000N; and amending WAC 220-313-060.
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: The current estimate of Chinook encounters of the planned Marine Area 11 winter Chinook season is 94 percent (945 of 1,001) of the total encounters, 107 percent (683 of 637) of the sublegal encounters, and 110 percent (263 of 239) of the unmarked encounters agreed to in this year's list of agreed fisheries. Closure of recreational salmon angling in Catch Record Card Area 11, beginning Saturday, November 20, 2021, is needed because allowed sublegal and unmarked encounters have been reached, and to avoid exceeding total allowed Chinook encounters.
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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: November 18, 2021.
WAC 220-313-06000QPuget Sound salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits.
Effective November 20 through December 31, 2021, the following provisions of WAC 220-313-060 regarding salmon seasons in Catch Record Card Area 11 shall be as described below. All other provisions of WAC 220-313-060 not addressed herein, or unless otherwise amended by emergency rule, remain in effect:
Catch Record Card Area 11: Salmon: Closed.
The following section of Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective November 20, 2021:
Puget Sound salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits. (21-248)