FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 22-281—Filed December 16, 2022, 3:01 p.m., effective December 19, 2022]
Effective Date of Rule: December 19, 2022.
Purpose: The purpose of this emergency rule is to close harvest of green [sea] urchins in Districts 3, 4, 6, and 7.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 220-340-75000N; and amending WAC 220-340-750.
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 emergency rule closes harvest for green sea urchins in Districts 3, 4, 6, and 7 following the projected attainment of quota in each district. 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: December 16, 2022.
Amy H. Windrope
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-340-75000PCommercial sea urchin fishery
Effective December 19, 2022, until further notice, the provisions of WAC 220-340-750 regarding commercial harvest of sea urchins shall be modified as described below. All other provisions of WAC 220-340-750 not addressed herein remain in effect unless otherwise amended by emergency rule:
(1) It is unlawful for any person to fish for, take, or possess for commercial purposes any green sea urchins less than 2.25 inches; or red sea urchins measuring less than 3.25 inches or greater than 5 inches. All measurements are caliper measurements of the largest shell (test) diameter, exclusive of the spines.
(2) The following areas are open for green sea urchin harvest only, seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1.
(3) The maximum cumulative landings for green sea urchins for each weekly fishery opening period is 2,500 pounds per valid designated sea urchin harvest license.
The following section of Washington Administrative Code is repealed, effective December 19, 2022:
Commercial sea urchin fishery. (22-280)