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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: November 21, 2017

Sea Urchin Regulations

Notice: The harvest quota for red sea urchins in District 1 has been reached and is closed, effective immediately.

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-750, 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 2, and District 3 east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, 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 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 landings for red and green sea urchins for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,500 pounds per species per valid designated sea urchin harvest license. Each fishery week begins Monday and ends Sunday.

Season Recommendations

Remember that the sea urchin district boundaries have changed. Please see the map below or contact Taylor Frierson with questions (360) 902-2652.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

Non-Indian sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2017-2018 season:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
2017-2018
State Share (pounds)
Preliminary
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 125,401
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 40,000 39,310 (closed)
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 0
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) closed closed
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) 25,000 1,495
Red Urchins
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 174,271 174,062 (closed)
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 13,000 920
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 54,000 0
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 35,000 0
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) closed closed

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Washington State Commercial Sea Urchin Harvest Districts
Closed areas pertain to the commercial sea urchin fishery. In addition, see permanent WACs 220-302 and 220-303 for more information on Marine Preserves and Conservation Area closures. Legal descriptions of commercial sea urchin harvest districts are found in WAC 220-340-750 Sea Urchins. Legal descriptions of commercial sea urchin catch reporting areas can be found in WAC 220-301-040 Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas within Puget Sound.


Permanent WAC's