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Commercial Cucumber Regulations

Last Updated: September 21, 2018

Sea Cucumber Regulations

Special Notice:

The quota in District 2W is nearly complete with only a couple active licenses remaining in the area. Do not harvest cucumbers in 2W unless you have already contacted me.

WAC 220-340-73000H Commercial sea cucumber fishery:

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-730, effective August 30, 2018, it is unlawful to take or possess sea cucumbers taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:

(1) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in the following catch record areas of Sea Cucumber District 1, Monday through Friday of each week: 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B.

(2) Sea cucumber harvest using shellfish diver gear is allowed in the following catch record areas of Sea Cucumber District 2, Monday through Friday of each week: 29, 23A, 23D, and 23C east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, and west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude.

(3) The maximum cumulative landing of sea cucumbers for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,800 pounds per valid designated sea cucumber harvest license.

Season Recommendations

The 2018-19 quota for District 1 has been updated to 178,000 pounds, minus the overharvest pounds from 2017-18.

Attn BUYERS, the regulations for sea cucumber quick reporting have been updated. Reports must include, for each fish receiving ticket prepared: (i) The wholesale fish buyer name, fisher name, date of sale, and the name of the port of landings; and (ii) The fish receiving ticket number, including the first alphanumeric letter.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

The landings below include all reports received for the 2018-19 season and are unofficial.

Sea Cucumber
Harvest Area
2018-2019 State
Quota Share
2018-2019 State
Fishery Landings
San Juan Island - District 1 171,648 lbs. 125,798
Strait of Juan de Fuca - District 2W 57,680 lbs. 56,120 (LIMIT)
Admiralty Inlet - District 2E 32,000 lbs. 36,668 (CLOSED)
Central Puget Sound - District 3 4,000 lbs. CLOSED
Hood Canal - District 4 CLOSED CLOSED
South Puget Sound - District 5 14,850 14,798 (CLOSED)

 

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Washington State Commercial Sea Cucumber Harvest Districts

Closed areas pertain to the commercial sea cucumber 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 cucumber harvest districts are found in WAC 220-340-730 Sea Cucumbers. Legal descriptions of commercial sea cucumber catch reporting areas can be found in WAC 220-301-040 Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas within Puget Sound.

Permanent WACs