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Commercial Cucumber Regulations

Last Updated: July 30, 2015

Sea Cucumber Regulations

The commercial non-Indian sea cucumber fishery will open Monday, August 3, 2015. There are several proposed changes to the management districts and quotas, so please take care to observe the regulations, and check back frequently for possible changes.

Regulations:

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-071, effective August 3, 2015, it is unlawful to take or possess sea cucumbers taken for commercial purposes except from the Sea Cucumber Districts, Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas and area descriptions as 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, 22A and B.

(2) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in the following areas of Sea Cucumber District 2 Monday through Friday of each week: 29, 23A, 23D, and 23C east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, and west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude.

(3) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in the following areas of Sea Cucumber Districts 1 and 2 Monday through Wednesday of each week: 23B and 25 A,B,C,D, and E.

(4) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in District 5 Monday through Friday of each week.

(5) The maximum cumulative landing of sea cucumbers for each weekly fishery opening period is 2,500 pounds per valid designated sea cucumber harvest license. It is permissible for all or any fraction of the maximum 2,500 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

Last season overharvest occurred due to late or missing quick reports. To avoid these overharvests, or undue closures while waiting for fish tickets, this season will be a “zero tolerance” season for quick reporting. Buyers who fail to quick report a sea cucumber landing before 10 am on the day following the landing will be immediately referred to enforcement for a citation. The best way to quick report is to send an email to seacucumberreport@dfw.wa.gov.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

The landings below include all reports received for the 2015-16 season and are unofficial.

Sea Cucumber
Harvest Area
2015-2016 State
Quota Share
2015-2016 State
Fishery Landings
San Juan Island - District 1 266,000 lbs. 0 lbs.
Strait of Juan de Fuca - District 2W 61,000 0 lbs.
Admiralty Inlet - District 2E 35,339 0 lbs.
Central Puget Sound - District 3 Closed 0 lbs.
Hood Canal - District 4 Closed 0 lbs.
South Puget Sound - District 5 11,000 lbs. 0 lbs.

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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