NOTE: The information on this webpage may not be the most current information regarding the commercial Sea Cucumber fishery.

The most current information can be obtained by calling the hotline

Sea Cucumber
Information Hotline
1-866-207-8223


Olympia area
(360) 902-2829

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Commercial Cucumber Regulations

Last Updated: August 26, 2016

Sea Cucumber Regulations

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-071, effective August 22, 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 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) 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

Notice: We are approaching a quota limit in District 2W, Strait of Juan de Fuca. During the week starting August 29, do not harvest more than 800 pounds per license in District 2W. Also, we will conduct a limited opening to complete the quota in District 2E, Admiralty Inlet, starting September 5. Please contact Hank if you would like a share of the remaining quota in District 2E.

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. 85,996 lbs.
Strait of Juan de Fuca - District 2W 61,000 lbs. 52,616 lbs.
Admiralty Inlet - District 2E 45,000 lbs. 38,109 lbs. (closed)
Central Puget Sound - District 3 Closed 0 lbs.
Hood Canal - District 4 Closed 0 lbs.
South Puget Sound - District 5 6,000 lbs. 5,819 lbs. (closed)

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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