FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 22-157—Filed August 3, 2022, 3:34 p.m., effective August 5, 2022]
Effective Date of Rule: August 5, 2022.
Purpose: Amends recreational salmon rules in Puget Sound Marine Area 9.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-313-06000E; 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 harvest for the summer fishery is 4,101 of the harvest quota of 4,700 (87 percent) agreed to in this year's list of agreed fisheries. Chinook retention is being suspended in Marine Area 9 beginning 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 5, when it is anticipated harvest quota will be reached. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: August 3, 2022.
WAC 220-313-06000FPuget Sound salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits.
Effective August 5, 2022 for Catch Record Card Areas 6 and 9 the following provisions of WAC 220-313-060 regarding salmon seasons for the Puget Sound Catch Record Card Areas shall be modified as described herein. All other provisions of WAC 220-313-060 not addressed herein, or unless otherwise amended by emergency rule, remain in effect:
(1) Catch Record Card Area 6: Immediately, through August 15, 2022:
(a) Waters West of a true north-south line through the Number 2 Buoy immediately west of Ediz Hook:
(i) Salmon - Closed effective August 3 through August 15, 2022.
(b) Waters east of a true north-south line through the Number 2 Buoy immediately east of Ediz Hook:
(i) Daily limit 2.
(ii) Release chum, Chinook and wild coho.
(2) Catch Record Card Area 9:
(a) August 5 through September 25, 2022.
(i) Daily limit 2.
(ii) Release wild Coho, Chinook and Chum.
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed effective August 5, 2022:
Puget Sound salmon—Saltwater seasons and daily limits. (22-155)