WSR 23-03-051
[Order 23-03—Filed January 10, 2023, 1:32 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amending current coastal commercial salmon fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during the 2023 North of Falcon process.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, 77.12.045, and 77.12.047.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Coastal commercial salmon fishing rules are based on North of Falcon recommendations that change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals. Amendments to coastal commercial salmon fishing rules are needed to implement the agreed-upon changes.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and the National Marine Fisheries Service. These agencies, as well as the Washington department of fish and wildlife, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and the Pacific Salmon Commission, all provide input and take part in the North of Falcon meetings and recommendations.
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, phone 855-925-2801, project code 4820, email, website,; or Barbara McClellan, 48 Devonshire Road, Montesano, WA 98563, phone 360-249-1213, fax 360-249-1229, email
Additional comments: Assistance for language translation, alternate format, or reasonable accommodation: Contact Title VI/ADA compliance coordinator, phone 360-902-2349, TTY 1-800-833-6388 or 711, email For more information, see
January 10, 2023
Chris Fredley
Acting Agency Rules Coordinator