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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: January 5, 2015

Sea Urchin Regulations

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-073, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea urchins taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:

(1) The following areas are open to red sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: district 1, district 2, district 3 east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, and district 4 west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude. It is unlawful to harvest red sea urchins smaller than 3.25 inches or larger than 5.0 inches (size is largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(2) The following areas are open to green sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: district 1, district 2, district 3 east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, and district 4 west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude. It is unlawful to harvest green sea urchins smaller than 2.25 inches (size is largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

Season Recommendations

Harvest Quotas and Landings

Non-Indian sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2014-2015 season as of January 4th, 2015:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
2014-2015
State Share (pounds)
Preliminary
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 118,801
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 11,215
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) Closed 0
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) Closed 0
Red Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 174,450 115,441
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 54,000 2,389
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 35,000 3,359
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) Closed 0

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Washington State Commercial Sea Urchin Harvest Districts


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