(1) The commission shall authorize the director to issue designated harvester cards to persons with a disability. The commission shall adopt rules defining who is a person with a disability and rules governing the conduct of persons with a disability who fish and harvest shellfish and their designated harvesters.
(2) It is lawful for a designated harvester to fish for, take, or possess the personal-use daily bag limit of fish or shellfish for a person with a disability if the harvester is licensed and has a designated harvester card, and if the person with a disability is present on site and in possession of the appropriate fishing license issued under this chapter. Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, the person with a disability must be present and participating in the fishing activity.
(3) A designated harvester card will be issued to such a person with a disability upon written application to the director. The application must be submitted on a department official form and must be accompanied by a licensed medical doctor's certification of disability.
(4) A person with a disability utilizing the services of a designated harvester is not required to be present at the location where the designated harvester is harvesting shellfish for the person with a disability. The person with a disability is required to be in the direct line of sight of the designated harvester who is harvesting shellfish for him or her, unless it is not possible to be in a direct line of sight because of a physical obstruction or other barrier. If such a barrier or obstruction exists, the person with a disability is required to be within one-quarter mile of the designated harvester who is harvesting shellfish for him or her.
Effective date—1998 c 191:
"Sections 1 through 9, 11 through 23, 25 through 30, 34 through 36, 38 through 42, and 44 of this act take effect January 1, 1999." [ 1998 c 191 § 48.
Finding—Contingent effective date—Severability—1993 sp.s. c 17:
See notes following RCW 77.32.520
Effective date—1993 sp.s. c 2 §§ 1-6, 8-59, and 61-79:
See RCW 43.300.900
Effective date—1980 c 81:
"This act shall take effect on July 1, 1980." [ 1980 c 81 § 3.