Anglinarcher wrote:I have wondered if the State makes the regs hard to understand for a reason. What is everyones thoughts on this? Why is it that they state has the disclaimer about the regs only being a summary and then they refer to the full code of regulations, that of course we don't have easy access to and could not understand if we tried?
All Washington state laws and administrative codes can be found online. The majority of municipalities also post their ordinances online as well.
You've got to understand that laws are written and open to interpretation, and constantly change. It's not the city, county, state, or nation's job to make sure we know the rules...it's only their job to make them available for you to find. A reasonable expectation is that you learn and abide by these rules. Unfortunately, most of us don't...
The regs. can definitely be confusing at times...especially for certain areas or bodies of water.
Our DFW has decided that different units/areas/etc. need different regulations because each unit is, indeed, different.
Is this good or bad? It's really hard to say. Statewide rules make it easier to understand the rules, but rules for certain areas can potentially lead to better protection and preservation of an area--at the cost of being harder to understand.
The only problem I see with the current reg. pamphlet is that you really need to read it ALL in order to understand it all. Only skimming across the trout section won't tell you everything you need to know for trout fishing....so you have to set aside a few minutes at the beginning of every season to fully read and understand the regs. You can't just grab your pole and go.
You have to look in the definitions, then under the specifics for the body of water you desire to fish. Then back to the definitions to understand the jargon. Then back again, to check if there are special size restrictions or if statewide rules apply.
That being said, I like having several sets of specific rules vs. a broad set of statewide regs.
I feel certain rivers and streams need different protection in order to ensure our juvenile steelhead aren't caught and killed (mistakenly, as trout)...or that certain species can be protected during certain months to ensure they can reproduce safely, without fishing pressure....or a myriad of other reasons.
Having to spend an extra hour with my nose in the book learning the regs is worth it to know the state is taking more interest is specific areas for conservation of certain populations (or at least attempting to)...almost "forcing" fisherman to more fully appreciate and respect our fisheries.
If we can take the time to complete hunters safety in order to legally hunt, or take driver's education in order to legally drive, why should it not be expected that we read, understand, and follow the regulations in the fishing pamphlet in order to fish?
The rules aren't there just to confuse us and get us into trouble--it's also to preserve populations and areas so the fish will continue to flourish for our children and their children to enjoy as well.
Just my thoughts...