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Commercial Cucumber Regulations

Last Updated: November 14, 2016

Sea Cucumber Regulations

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-071, effective October 10, 2016, it is unlawful to take or possess sea cucumbers taken for commercial purposes except in the marine fish-shellfish catch reporting areas provided for in this section:

(1) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in the following areas of Sea Cucumber District 1 Monday through Friday of each week: 20A and B, 21A and B, and 22A and B.

(2) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in the following areas of Sea Cucumber District 3 Monday through Friday of each week: 26A and 24A, B, C, and D, provided that a designated representative of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is on board the vessel during harvest.

(3) The maximum cumulative landing of sea cucumbers for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,200 pounds per valid designated sea cucumber harvest license. It is permissible for all or any fraction of the maximum 1,200 pound total to be harvested during any legal harvest date within any legal harvest area so long as the cumulative total for the fishery week does not exceed the maximum.

Season Recommendations

District 1 will remain open to harvest again next week until the quota is taken. District 3 also remains open to scientific harvest with a WDFW observer on board. Please contact Hank if you wish to participate in the District 3 fishery.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

The landings below include all reports received for the 2016-17 season and are unofficial.

Sea Cucumber
Harvest Area
2016-2017 State
Quota Share
2016-2017 State
Fishery Landings
San Juan Island - District 1 237,000 lbs. 230,148 lbs.
Strait of Juan de Fuca - District 2W 61,000 lbs. 62,355 lbs. (closed)
Admiralty Inlet - District 2E 45,000 lbs. 43,274 lbs. (closed)
Central Puget Sound - District 3 4,000 lbs. 1,620 lbs.
Hood Canal - District 4 Closed 0 lbs.
South Puget Sound - District 5 6,000 lbs. 5,819 lbs. (closed)

Washington State Commercial Sea Cucumber Harvest Districts

Closed areas pertain to the commercial sea cucumber fishery. In addition, see permanent WACs 220-20 and 220-16 for more information on Marine Protected Areas, Marine Preserve Areas and Conservation Area closures. Legal descriptions of commercial sea cucumber harvest districts are found in WAC 220-52-071 Sea Cucumbers. Legal descriptions of commercial sea cucumber catch reporting areas can be found in WAC 220-22-400 Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas within Puget Sound

Permanent WAC's