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Rule Change Recommendation Short Title
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Type of Rule Change Proposal
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.
This proposal removes the wheelchair requirement to provide more opportunity for anglers with lower extremity disabilities.
Adopt as recommended.
Adopted as recommended.
No public testimony
HICKMAN, WILLIAM R August 09, 2015
TACHELL, ART J August 10, 2015
TACOMA , WA
Should be closed to everyone!
BURKLE, BOB August 11, 2015
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
I support this modification to the rule.
SIMMS, RICH K October 26, 2015
LITZENBERGER, MARK A October 27, 2015
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
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
I support this rule
BORDERLINE BASSIN CONTENDERS, ROBERT HARRIMAN November 04, 2015
BOUCHER, MIKE November 05, 2015
Yes. Good one. In favor.
MORRIS, PHILLIP D November 06, 2015
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
I think this is a great update, this seems fair to me.
WHITE, DAVID November 08, 2015
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
CARVER SR, RUSSELL L November 12, 2015
LAKE TAPPS, WA
JULIAN, MARK November 12, 2015
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA
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.