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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: April 11, 2014

Sea Urchin Regulations

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-073, effective January 25, 2014, until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea urchins taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:

(1) Red sea urchins: Sea Urchin District 4 is open seven days-per-week. 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) Green sea urchins: Sea Urchin Districts 6 and 7 are open seven days-per-week. 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 2013-2014 season as of April 10, 2014:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
2013-2014
State Share (pounds)
Preliminary
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
Districts 1 & 2 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 174,797 (closed)
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 49,655 (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) 174,450 173,121 (closed)
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) Closed 0
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 48,750 28,494
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) Closed 0

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Washington State Commercial Sea Urchin Harvest Districts


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