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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: August 21, 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 green sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: district 1 and district 2.

(2) 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:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
State Share (pounds)
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 159,579
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 23,628 (closed)
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) 174,450 180,653 (closed)
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 54,000 53,341 (closed)
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 35,000 36,258 (closed)
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) Closed 0

Washington State Commercial Sea Urchin Harvest Districts

Permanent WAC's