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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: August 8, 2016

Sea Urchin Regulations

The 2015-16 commercial sea urchin fishery is now closed. The 2016-17 management year begins on September 1st.

Season Recommendations

After consultation with the harvest fleet, the following are the preliminary recommendations for the 2016-17 commercial sea urchin season:

Green Sea Urchins: Open all districts (except 5) on Monday, September 26th. Weekly trip limit of 3000 pounds per license.

Red Sea Urchins: Open districts 3 and 4 on Monday, September 26th. Weekly trip limit of 1000 pounds per license. Open remaining districts (except 5) on Monday, November 28th and increase weekly trip limit to 3000 pounds per license.

Formal regulations will be issued in later September.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

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

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
State Share (pounds)
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 174,569 (closed)
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 5,766 (closed)
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

Washington State Commercial Sea Urchin Harvest Districts

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