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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: December 1, 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 red sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, District 2, 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 for green sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, District 2, District 3 east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, District 4 west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude, District 6, and District 7 except all waters of Hale Passage and Wollochet Bay within the following lines: west of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Point Fosdick at 122° 35 minutes west longitude to 47° 14 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true west to the shoreline of Fox Island, and east of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Green Point at 122° 41 minutes west longitude to 47° 16.5 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true east to the shoreline of Fox Island. It is unlawful to harvest green sea urchins smaller than 2.25 inches (size is largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

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

Season Recommendations

Notice: District 3, Port Angeles, is now closed to the harvest of red sea urchins. We are still approaching a quota limit for green sea urchins in Districts 3 and 4 - please coordinate closely with your buyer before beginning harvest.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

Non-Indian sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2016-2017 season:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
2016-2017
State Share (pounds)
Preliminary
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 95,918
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 43,582
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) closed closed
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) 25,000 14,363
Red Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 45,360
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 54,000 53,943 (closed)
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 34,931 13,697
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) closed closed

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Washington State Commercial Sea Urchin Harvest Districts


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