Coastal recreational bottomfish

Rule-making status: Permanent

Rule Making Reference# P2022-17
The purpose of this rule change is to amend a rule affecting the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery so that it is consistent with regulations adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The rule change will prohibit the possession of copper rockfish, quillback rockfish, and vermilion rockfish during May, June, and July in the coastal recreational bottomfish fishery, i.e., in Marine Areas 1 through 4, to reduce total catch consistent with reductions in state specific harvest guidelines for 2023. The coastal recreational bottomfish fishery season opens the second Saturday in March and closes the third Saturday in October and retention of these species will remain lawful in the other months of the season to support biological data collection needed for scientific population assessments.

This rule change conforms state regulations to regulations recently adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and implemented into federal regulation by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Stakeholder input from Washington recreational anglers was considered during the PFMC public hearing process and through meetings sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Public hearing

The rule is being proposed under an expedited rule making process that will eliminate the need for the agency to hold public hearings, prepare a small business economic impact statement, or provide responses to the criteria for a significant legislative rule. If you object to the use of the expedited rule making process, you must express your objections in writing and they must be sent to:

Lorna Wargo

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