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

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(360) 902-2829

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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: February 10, 2016

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 for green sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, District 2, District 6, and District 7. It is unlawful to harvest green sea urchins smaller than 2.25 inches (size is largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(2) The maximum cumulative landing of green sea urchins for each weekly fishery opening period is 3,000 pounds per valid designated sea urchin harvest license. It is permissible for all or any fraction of the maximum 3,000 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. Each fishery week begins Monday and ends Sunday.

Season Recommendations

Harvest Quotas and Landings

Non-Indian sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2015-2016 season:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
2015-2016
State Share (pounds)
Preliminary
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 164,686
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 49,519 (closed)
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) Closed 0
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) 25,000 0
Red Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 168,247 167,313 (closed)
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 54,000 53,684 (closed)
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 33,742 33,811 (closed)
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) Closed 0

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Washington State Commercial Sea Urchin Harvest Districts


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