Fish & Wildlife
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
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It is necessary to make changes to language related to people with disabilities in order to ensure compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Moving WAC sections is required to better streamline and clarify ADA rules for the public.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is interested in designating a trial commercial fishery in Willapa Bay for the purpose of testing a new gear type and intends to issue a limited number of Trial Fishery Permits that set the permissible time, place, and manner of fishing using a newly designated gear type.
The gear type being considered is a floating fish trap. This fish trap uses non-permanent spuds to hold the trap in place; no permanent structures will be installed or used. This fish trap passively funnels adult salmon from the "lead", a net positioned at an angle from the shore, into a series of compartments leading to the final compartment or spiller. Fish are able to swim freely the entire time. Hatchery fish are then removed from the spiller and the natural-origin fish are released untouched through a door at the back of the fish trap to continue their trip upstream to spawn.
- This set of rule changes is the last phase of the agency's WAC Recodification project which took place
earlier this year. The Recodification project involved consolidation of WAC titles 220 and 232 into Title 220 and making technical
changes to WAC sections that included the correction of internally inconsistent WAC references and misspellings and the removal of
invalid RCW references and defunct agency names.
The department needs to clarify the process for anglers who catch Canadian-based food fish and shellfish and land their catch in Washington state ports. The proposed change to the rule will make it easier for anglers to obtain a valid Canadian custom clearance number.
The Department is considering Changes to Puget Sound commercial salmon fishing rules, resulting from North of Falcon recommendations. Puget Sound 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. Rule amendments to Puget Sound commercial salmon fishing rules are needed to implement the agreed-upon changes.
- CR-101 - filed as WSR 17-03-076 on January 11, 2017
Invitation to discuss rules on this subject
- CR-102 – filed as WSR 17-06-077 on March 1, 2017
Notice and opportunity to comment on this current rule-making proposal
- Public Comment Period: :
Written comments are due by April 5, 2017
Written comments may be emailed to: Rules.Coordinator@dfw.wa.gov
Or mailed to: Scott Bird, WDFW Rules Coordinator, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
A public hearing will take place on April 7, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Natural Resources Building, room 630,
1111 Washington St. SE,
Olympia, WA 98504
- The Department is considering rule changes for the following topics: Hunting regulations, seasons, permits and area descriptions for big game, small game, and migratory birds; big game and wild turkey auctions, raffle, and permits; importation and retention of dead nonresident wildlife; mandatory hunter reporting; landowner hunting permits; special closures and firearm restriction areas; and other related rule changes as needed.
The department seeks to clarify the types of records that must be maintained by commercial
fish and shellfish license holders and commercial wildlife vendors. The Fish and Wildlife Code (RCW Title 77)
provides authority for the department to define the records required of certain commercial fish, shellfish, and wildlife businesses.
Department rules are currently insufficient. The department needs to better clarify the records requirements in rule pursuant to RCW 77.15.096.
The Department is considering changes to recreational salmon fishing rules resulting from stakeholder recommendations made during North of Falcon meetings. Recreational salmon fishing rules based on North of Falcon recommendations change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals. Amendments to recreational salmon fishing rules are needed to implement the agreed-upon changes
Coastal Freshwater. Recreational salmon fishing rules based on North of Falcon recommendations change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals. Amendments to recreational salmon fishing rules are needed to implement the agreed-upon changes.
The Department is considering changes to WDFW's coastal commercial salmon fishing rules, resulting from North of Falcon recommendations. 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.
- The department must annually amend recreational clam and oyster season rules on some public tidelands in response to shellfish population changes, shifts in recreational effort, conservation issues, and negotiations with treaty tribes and other state agencies. Such amendments are designed to perpetuate shellfish resources while maximizing recreational harvest opportunity.
- To collect fishing effort, catch and harvest data from all freshwater fishing guides and their clients to understand the seasonal and geographic utilization of fishery resources by the guide industry statewide.
- The department is considering amendments to recreational fishing rules to provide fishing opportunity, to address conservation objectives and to simplify rules. The department may consider additional recreational fishing rule changes if necessary.
- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering rule amendments relating to the commercial harvest of sardine with purse seine gear.
- The department is considering rule changes related to cougar seasons and regulations. Amendments are needed to provide recreational opportunity while maintaining sustainable game populations.
- The department needs a rule to prohibit fishing guides and charter-boat operators from re-using charter stamps rather than issuing a new stamp to each customer who needs a fishing license. The legislature passed a bill on the subject during the 2015 legislative session, and this rule project will compliment this legislation to ensure the charter stamp program is not abused. The proposed rule project will: (1) lay out the process for validating charter stamps so the stamps cannot be reused; and (2) ensure that charter-stamp-validation violations and the re-use of stamps are penalized appropriately. Rules related to the responsibilities of charter operators, catch record cards and recording of catch, and definitions will be considered. Amendments to existing permanent rules may be included to achieve the goals of this rulemaking project.
- The Department is considering amendments to hunting rules regarding fair chase and regulating the use of technology while hunting. The department needs to amend rules related to fair chase and the use of technology while hunting to keep pace with advances in technology. Ancillary amendments to definitions and other rules may be included to accomplish rule amendments, as well as any technical changes needed to rules to ensure accuracy, consistency, and clarity of rules.
- The Department is considering rule amendments relating to commercial fishery and fish receiving ticket rules to improve the intent and enforceability of rules that define, describe or authorize delivery of fish and shellfish to shore-based facilities or dealers, and processing or freezing of catch onboard vessels at-sea. The Department withdrew its initial filing as it did not include shellfish, which should be included in this proposed rulemaking. The Department filed a new CR-101 to broaden the rulemaking to include shellfish.
- Commercial salmon fishing rules based on North of Falcon recommendations change from year to year to reflect resource availability and to achieve conservation goals. Amendments to Columbia River commercial salmon fishing rules are needed to implement the agreed-upon changes.
- The department is considering amendments to WAC 220-44-050 and 220-69-230 to: (1) Add requirements for the reporting of slope rockfish species delivered into the state, and (2) Update agency contact information. Effective January 1, 2015, federal regulations will require the sorting of three slope rockfish species when landed into the state. This rule change is needed to effectively comply with the revised federal regulations and maintain or improve the accuracy of the department's catch accounting and port sampling efforts.
- The department is considering rulemaking involving Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) rules. The Legislature adopted ESSB 6040 (codified as Chapter 77.135 RCW) in 2014 which implements a more robust AIS program under the primary authority of the department. The department needs rules to implement the expanded program to provide additional protection against the spread of aquatic invasive species. Rulemaking will embody the principles of prevention as the highest priority, identify allowable certificate of inspection forms for aquatic conveyances entering the state, determine exemptions to clean and drain requirements where there is minimal risk of spreading invasive species, set inspection and decontamination station standards, and establish types of services department-authorized representatives can perform.
- The department is considering changes to rules involving Wildlife Rehabilitation as required by session law 2014 c 48 s 25. The Legislature passed ESSB 6041 during the 2014 Legislative Session directing the department to adopt rules for permissible temporary actions that include, at a minimum, the conditions under which a person may capture or transport wildlife to a primary permittee, subpermittee, or rehabilitation facility.