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Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2016-2017

See proposed rule
language (CR-103)
2016 Recreational Fishing Rules
Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Dec. 11-12, 2015

2016 – 2017 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Recommended
for Public Comment
Not Recommended
for further consideration
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Puget Sound Coast Not Region Specific
Liberalize limits for Bass, Channel Catfish,
and Walleye in the Columbia River
and tributaries contiguous with Oregon

Recommended for Public Comment

Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
# 44. Increase fishing opportunity for anglers with lower extremity disabilities

 • Final Rule Actions
 • See comments

Rules Category
Coast

Type of Rule Change Proposal
Recreational

Short Description
This proposal applies to the Forks Creek Hatchery (Pacific Co.) fishery for anglers with disabilities. The current rule is: Closed Waters except for anglers with disabilities who must permanently use a wheelchair AND who have a designated harvester companion card. We propose this rule be changed to: Closed Waters except for anglers with lower extremity disabilities who must permanently use a medically prescribed assistive device every time for mobility as defined in WAC 232-12-825(1)(a) AND who have a designated harvester companion card.

Explanation
This proposal removes the wheelchair requirement to provide more opportunity for anglers with lower extremity disabilities.

Final Rule Actions

Staff Recommendation
Adopt as recommended.

Commission Action
Adopted as recommended.

Rule Modifications
None


Public Testimony

No public testimony

Online Public Comments  (16 comments)

HICKMAN, WILLIAM R  August 09, 2015
BELLEVUE, WA  
Comments:
Absolutely support
TACHELL, ART J  August 10, 2015
TACOMA , WA  
Comments:
Should be closed to everyone!
BURKLE, BOB   August 11, 2015
ELMA, WA  
Comments:
Good idea, these are hatchery fish anyway and surplus needs to be removed, might as well give the easiest fishing to those most in need of easy fishing.
THYER, DAVID G  October 19, 2015
SEATTLE, WA  
Comments:
I support this modification to the rule.
SIMMS, RICH K  October 26, 2015
MUKILTEO, WA  
Comments:
Support
LITZENBERGER, MARK A  October 27, 2015
TACOMA, WA  
Comments:
I have had multiple friends that technically could not fish at the handicap sites, but can not walk over uneven ground or more than a few feet at a time. At the same time, the majority of the time I have been to the handicap site at the cowlitz, no one is fishing it. I would love to provide an opportunity for these people to enjoy fishing with their family, as there are few opportunities on rivers for them to do this. I definitely would expand the regulation to include this. I would also make it easier to get the paperwork and details needed to get the designated harvester card.
BURGE, RICHARD T  October 29, 2015
QUILCENE, WA  
Comments:
From disabled people I have talked to, the present rule is already badly mis-used. Anyone with a disability can now get a letter from their doctor to gain this advantage. Lets not let this type of physical condition give people that are not disabled this opportunity.
BERNSTEIN, HANS   November 03, 2015
RICHLAND, WA  
Comments:
I support this rule
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN   November 04, 2015
BELLINGHAM, WA  
Comments:
in favor
BOUCHER, MIKE   November 05, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
Yes. Good one. In favor.
MORRIS, PHILLIP D  November 06, 2015
WOODLAND, WA  
Comments:
I am disabled. I can walk some I need my leg brace on, but I think it is a good idea to remove this part ( Wheel chair) not every one that is disabled has to be in a wheelchair.
JULIAN, AUGUST   November 08, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I think this is a great update, this seems fair to me.
WHITE, DAVID   November 08, 2015
SEQUIM, WA  
Comments:
This is a great rule change, I support additional access to all disabled citizens who desire to fish in our beautiful lake and rivers.
BOYD, LEWIS   November 10, 2015
EVERETT, WA  
Comments:
for
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L  November 12, 2015
LAKE TAPPS, WA  
Comments:
Yes
JULIAN, MARK   November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA  
Comments:
I believe this proposal would much better insure that disabled people hav an opportunity to fish these waters and sets solid definable rules as to who can participate in the fishery.