WSR 09-01-178

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FISH AND WILDLIFE

[ Order 08-315 -- Filed December 23, 2008, 3:42 p.m. , effective January 23, 2009 ]


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

Purpose: The purpose of this rule change is to correct a reference to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) for highly migratory species. The rule currently refers to C.F.R. Title 50, Part 660, Subpart G. It should be Subpart K.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-44-035.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 77.65.010, 77.12.047, and 77.04.020.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-21-154 [08-21-139] on October 21 [20], 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Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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: December 23, 2008.

Phil Anderson

Acting Director

OTS-2003.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 07-279, filed 11/7/07, effective 12/8/07)

WAC 220-44-035   Highly migratory species fisheries -- Possession and landing requirements -- Gear restriction.   (1) It is unlawful to possess, transport through the waters of the state, or land into any Washington port, highly migratory species taken in violation of any permit or data collection requirements as published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 50, Part 660, Subpart ((G)) K. These federal regulations provide the requirements for highly migratory species fisheries in the Pacific Ocean. There may be additional regulations listed in the Federal Register, and these override the regulations in the CFR if there are any inconsistencies between the two. Chapter 220-44 WAC incorporates the CFR by reference and is based, in part, on the CFR. Where rules refer to the fishery management area, that area is extended to include Washington state waters coterminous with the Exclusive Economic Zone. A copy of the federal rules may be obtained by contacting Lori Preuss at 360-902-2930, or the internet at www.pcouncil.org. State regulations may apply that are more restrictive than federal regulations.

(2) Except as authorized under the federal rules referenced in this subsection, it is unlawful to use drift gill net gear in state and offshore waters west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, north of the Washington-Oregon boundary, and south of the United States-Canada boundary.

(3) Violation of reporting requirements under this section is punishable pursuant to RCW 77.15.280.

(4) Violation of gear requirements under this section is punishable pursuant to RCW 77.15.520.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 07-23-002 (Order 07-279), 220-44-035, filed 11/7/07, effective 12/8/07; 05-17-003 (Order 05-165), 220-44-035, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05; 02-02-051 (Order 01-288), 220-44-035, filed 12/27/01, effective 1/27/02.]

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