WSR 22-21-046
[Filed October 11, 2022, 11:54 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering changes to recreational clam and oyster harvest seasons. Rules and updates to beach designations according to shellfish pest status.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.055, 77.12.047, and 77.60.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department must annually amend recreational clam and oyster season rules on some public tidelands in response to shellfish population changes, shifts in recreational effort, conservation issues, and negotiations with treaty tribes and other state agencies. Such amendments are designed to perpetuate shellfish resources while maximizing recreational harvest opportunity. The department must also maintain up-to-date shellfish restricted areas to prevent the spread of pest infestations harmful to shellfish.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The Washington department of health (DOH). The Washington department of fish and wildlife works closely with DOH to close beaches to recreational clam and oyster harvest if there is a risk to public health.
Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kelly Henderson, voicemail comments 855-925-2801, project code 6666, TTY 1-800-833-6388 or 711, email, website; or Camille Speck, Intertidal Bivalve Manager, 375 Hudson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368, phone 360-302-3030 ext. 313, fax 360-302-3030, email
Additional comments: Title VI/ADA compliance coordinator, phone 360-902-2349, TTY 1-800-833-6388 or 711, email
October 11, 2022
Chris Fredley
for Annie Szvetecz
Rules Analyst [Coordinator]