WSR 08-15-003

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-166 -- Filed July 3, 2008, 9:12 a.m. , effective August 3, 2008 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: Amend rules for commercial salmon fishing in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay, including WAC 220-36-023 and 220-40-027.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WSR 07-17-010, filed 8/3/07, effective 9/3/07; and amending WSR 07-17-010, filed 8/3/07, effective 9/3/07.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.12.047 and 77.04.020.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-11-124 on May 21, 2008.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 2, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: July 2, 2008.

J. P. Koenings

Director

OTS-1549.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-17-010, filed 8/3/07, effective 9/3/07)

WAC 220-36-023   Salmon -- Grays Harbor ((salmon -- )) fall fishery.   August 16 through December 31 of each year, it is unlawful to fish for salmon in Grays Harbor for commercial purposes or to possess salmon taken from those waters for commercial purposes, except that:


Fishing periods


(1) Gill net gear may be used to fish for salmon and sturgeon according to the chart below. All nonlegal sturgeon and nonlegal steelhead must be handled with care to minimize injury and must be released immediately to the river/bay:


Time: Areas:
((5:30 p.m. through 1:30 a.m. October 8, 2007;

9:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. October 15, 2007.)) 6:00 p.m. October 11 through 6:00 p.m. October 12, 2008;

AND

6:00 p.m. October 15 through 6:00 p.m. October 16, 2008.

Area 2C
((6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. October 11, 2007;

6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. October 12, 2007;

6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. October 13, 2007.)) 7:00 a.m. October 8 through 7:00 p.m. October 8, 2008;

7:00 a.m. October 9 through 7:00 p.m. October 9, 2008;

7:00 a.m. October 10 through 7:00 p.m. October 10, 2008.

That portion of Area 2A upstream from the Highway 101 Bridge at Aberdeen, to a line projected from the Lakeside Industries asphalt plant tower at a right angle to the thread of the stream to the opposite shore.

AND

That portion of Area 2D ((north and east of a line projected due south from the 28th street boat launch)) lying easterly of a north-south line from the confluence of the Hoquiam and Chehalis rivers to Renney Island, then ((southeasterly)) easterly to Range Marker G, then to the eastern boundary of Area 2D at the Highway 101 Bridge.


(((1) Drift gill net gear only. It is unlawful to use set net gear.))


Gear


(2) ((Six-inch)) Gill net gear restrictions: All areas:

(a) Drift gill net gear only. It is unlawful to use set net gear.

(b) 6-inch maximum mesh restriction, and nets may be no more than 55 meshes deep.

(((3))) (c) Soak time ((shall)) must not exceed ((one hour)) 45 minutes. Soak time((,)) is defined as the time elapsed from when the first of the gill net web is deployed into the water until the gill net web is fully retrieved from the water((, must not exceed one hour)).

(((4))) (d) Each boat must have two operable recovery boxes or one box with two chambers on board when fishing Area 2A/2D on October 8, 9, and 10, 2008. Each box must be operating during any time the net is being retrieved or picked. The flow in the recovery box must be a minimum of 16 gallons per minute in each chamber of the box, not to exceed 20 gallons per minute. Each chamber of the recovery box must meet the following dimensions as measured from within the box: The inside length measurement must be at or within 39 1/2 inches to 48 inches, the inside width measurements must be at or within 8 to 10 inches, and the inside height measurement must be at or within 14 to 16 inches.

Each chamber of the recovery box must include a water inlet hole between 3/4 inch and 1 inch in diameter, centered horizontally across the door or wall of the chamber and 1 3/4 inches from the floor of the chamber. Each chamber of the recovery box must include a water outlet hole opposite the inflow that is at least 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The center of the outlet hole must be located a minimum of 12 inches above the floor of the box or chamber. The fisher must demonstrate to department employees, fish and wildlife enforcement officers, or other peace officers, upon request, that the pumping system is delivering the proper volume of fresh river/bay water into each chamber.

(e) All Chinook, nonlegal sturgeon, and ((nonlegal)) steelhead must be handled with care to minimize injury to the fish and must be released immediately to the river/bay or to an operating recovery box.

(((5))) (f) Any fish that is bleeding or lethargic must be placed in the recovery box prior to being released to the river/bay.

(g) All fish placed in recovery boxes must be released to the river/bay prior to landing or docking.


Other


(3)
Quick reporting is required for wholesale dealers and fishers retailing their catch under a "direct retail endorsement." According to WAC 220-69-240(12), reports must be made by 10:00 a.m. the day following landing ((or within 3 hours of the close of that particular fishery, whichever happens first)).

(((6))) (4) Fishers must take department observers if requested by department staff((,)) when participating in these openings. Pursuant to WAC 220-69-240, fishers also must provide notice of intent to participate by contacting quick reporting by phone, fax or e-mail. Notice of intent must be given prior to 10:00 a.m. on October 6 for the October 8-10 openings in Areas 2A/2D.

(((7))) (5) NOAA Fisheries has listed the southern population of green sturgeon ((has been listed by NOAA Fisheries)) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, effective July 6, 2006. Most of the green sturgeon taken in Washington fisheries are from the southern population. Therefore, the retention of green sturgeon is prohibited, to protect this federally listed stock.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.047, and 77.65.200. 07-17-010, 220-36-023, filed 8/3/07, effective 9/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 05-17-006 (Order 05-167), 220-36-023, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; 04-16-013 (Order 04-183), 220-36-023, filed 7/22/04, effective 8/22/04; 03-18-004 (Order 03-208), 220-36-023, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; 01-13-055 (Order 01-104), 220-36-023, filed 6/15/01, effective 7/16/01; 00-23-065 (Order 00-240), 220-36-023, filed 11/15/00, effective 12/16/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-24-104 (Order 99-206), 220-36-023, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), 220-36-023, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-15-148 (Order 97-123), 220-36-023, filed 7/23/97, effective 8/23/97; 96-13-035 (Order 96-77), 220-36-023, filed 6/11/96, effective 7/12/96; 95-13-065 (Order 95-76), 220-36-023, filed 6/19/95, effective 7/20/95; 94-13-014 (Order 94-46), 220-36-023, filed 6/3/94, effective 7/4/94; 93-14-042 (Order 93-54), 220-36-023, filed 6/29/93, effective 7/30/93; 90-18-023 (Order 90-77), 220-36-023, filed 8/24/90, effective 9/24/90; 89-16-056 (Order 89-71), 220-36-023, filed 7/28/89, effective 8/28/89.]

OTS-1550.3


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-17-010, filed 8/3/07, effective 9/3/07)

WAC 220-40-027   Salmon -- Willapa Bay fall fishery.   August 16 through December 31 of each year, it is unlawful to fish for salmon in Willapa Bay for commercial purposes or to possess salmon taken from those waters for commercial purposes, except that:


Fishing periods


(1) Gill net gear may be used to fish for salmon and sturgeon as shown below. All nonlegal sturgeon and nonlegal steelhead must be handled with care to minimize injury to the fish and must be released immediately to the river/bay:


Time: Area:
6:00 p.m. September ((16)) 15 through 6:00 p.m. September ((21, 2007)) 17, 2008. Areas 2G east of a line ((drawn)) projected true south from the most water-ward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach((;)), 2H west of Willapa Channel Marker 40((; 2M; and)), 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and 2M.
6:00 p.m. September ((19)) 21 through 6:00 p.m. September ((20, 2007)) 22, 2008;

AND

6:00 p.m. September ((27)) 28 through 6:00 p.m. September ((28, 2007)) 29, 2008.

Area 2K
6:00 p.m. September ((23)) 21 through 6:00 p.m. September ((28, 2007)) 26, 2008.

AND

6:00 p.m. September 28 through 6:00 p.m. October 5, 2008.

Areas 2G east of a line ((drawn)) projected true south from the most water-ward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach((; Area)), 2H((; Area)), 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2)((;)), and ((Area)) 2M.
6:00 ((a.m.)) p.m. October 7 through 6:00 p.m. October ((1, 2007)) 10, 2008;

AND

6:00 ((a.m. though)) p.m. October 12 through 6:00 p.m. October ((2, 2007; 6:00 a.m. though 6:00 p.m. October 3, 2007; 6:00 a.m. though 6:00 p.m. October 4, 2007; 6:00 a.m. though 6:00 p.m. October 5, 2007; 6:00 a.m. though 6:00 p.m. October 6, 2007; and 6:00 a.m. though 6:00 p.m. October 7, 2007)) 14, 2008.

Areas 2G east of a line projected true south from the most water-ward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach((;)), 2H((; 2M; and)), 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and 2M.
((7:00 a.m. though 7:00 p.m. October 8, 2007; 7:00 a.m. though 7:00 p.m. October 9, 2007; 7:00 a.m. though 7:00 p.m. October 10, 2007; and 7:00 a.m. though 7:00 p.m. October 11, 2007.)) Noon, November 6, through 6:00 p.m. November 14, 2008. Areas 2G ((west of a line drawn true north-south through Willapa Channel Marker 10 and east of a line projected true south from the most waterward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach, but excluding the area southerly and easterly of a line from Island Sands Light to Ramsey Point; 2M; and)) east of a line projected true south from the most water-ward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach, 2H west of the Willapa Channel Marker 40, 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2), and 2M.
6:00 p.m. November ((12, 2007)) 14, 2008, through ((6:00 p.m.)) noon, November ((16, 2007)) 30, 2008. ((Area 2G east of a line drawn true south from the most waterward exposed end of the rock jetty located near Washaway Beach; Area 2H west of Willapa Channel Marker 40; Area 2J north of a true east-west line drawn through the North Entrance Marker to the Nahcotta Boat Basin (RF #2); and Area 2M.))
((Noon, November 5, 2007, through noon, November 30, 2007.)) Areas 2G, 2H, 2J, and 2M.

(2) The Tokeland Boat basin is closed to commercial fishing during the openings in Salmon Management and Catch ((Record)) Reporting Area (SMCRA) 2G, described in this section. The Tokeland Boat basin ((means the)) is that portion of SMCRA 2G bounded on the south by the shoreline of the boat basin, on the west by the seawall, and on the north and east by a line from the Tokeland Channel Marker "3" (flashing green, 4-seconds), to Tokeland Channel Marker "4," to the tip of the seawall.


Gear


(3) Gill net gear restrictions - All areas:

(a) Drift gill net gear only. It is unlawful to use set net gear.

(b) September 1 through October ((7, 2007)) 5, 2008: Six-inch maximum mesh, and net may be no more than ((55)) fifty-five meshes deep. Net must hang straight from top to bottom. Strings may only be used to secure ((break-away)) break away panels.

(c) October ((8)) 7 through October 31, ((2007)) 2008: Six and one-half inch maximum mesh.

(d) November ((1)) 6 through November 30, ((2007)) 2008: Nine-inch minimum mesh; except ((that)) from 6:00 p.m. November ((12)) 10 through 6:00 p.m. November ((16, 2007)) 14, 2008 (coho directed), there are two alternatives:

(i) Use ((either 6-inch)) six-inch maximum mesh ((or 9-inch maximum)); and net may be no more than fifty-five meshes deep. Net must hang straight from top to bottom. Strings may only be used to secure break-away panels; or

(ii) Use nine-inch minimum mesh (((choose only one), no more than 55 meshes deep. Net must hang straight from top to bottom. Strings may only be used to secure break-away panels)). Only one net of either six-inch or nine-inch configuration, not exceeding fifteen hundred feet, may be on board the vessel when in the act of fishing.


Other


(4) Quick reporting is required for wholesale dealers and fishers retailing their catch under a "direct retail endorsement." According to WAC 220-69-240(12), reports must be made by 10:00 a.m. the day following landing ((or within 3 hours of the close of that particular fishery, whichever happens first)).

(5) NOAA Fisheries has listed the southern population of green sturgeon ((has been listed by NOAA Fisheries)) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, effective July 6, 2006. Most of the green sturgeon taken in Washington fisheries are from the southern population. Therefore, the retention of green sturgeon is prohibited, to protect this federally listed stock.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.047, and 77.65.200. 07-17-010, 220-40-027, filed 8/3/07, effective 9/3/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 05-17-006 (Order 05-167), 220-40-027, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; 04-16-013 (Order 04-183), 220-40-027, filed 7/22/04, effective 8/22/04; 03-18-004 (Order 03-208), 220-40-027, filed 8/20/03, effective 9/20/03; 02-16-021 (Order 02-173), 220-40-027, filed 7/26/02, effective 8/26/02; 01-13-055 (Order 01-104), 220-40-027, filed 6/15/01, effective 7/16/01; 00-23-065 (Order 00-240), 220-40-027, filed 11/15/00, effective 12/16/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 99-24-104 (Order 99-206), 220-40-027, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080 and 77.12.040. 98-15-081 (Order 98-122), 220-40-027, filed 7/15/98, effective 8/15/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 97-15-148 (Order 97-123), 220-40-027, filed 7/23/97, effective 8/23/97; 96-13-035 (Order 96-77), 220-40-027, 6/11/96, effective 7/12/96; 95-13-065 (Order 95-76), 220-40-027, filed 6/19/95, effective 7/20/95; 94-16-017 (Order 94-61), 220-40-027, filed 7/21/94, effective 8/21/94; 93-14-042 (Order 93-54), 220-40-027, filed 6/29/93, effective 7/30/93; 90-18-023 (Order 90-77), 220-40-027, filed 8/24/90, effective 9/24/90; 89-16-056 (Order 89-71), 220-40-027, filed 7/28/89, effective 8/28/89.]

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