Notice: The pink and spiny scallop fishery is closed except for the take of samples (10 pound limit) for the purposes of paralytic shellfish poisoning testing through the Department of Health.
The commercial dive fishery for pink and spiny scallops (Chlamys rubida and Chlamys hastata, respectively) was restarted in 2016. The previous dive fishery took place from 1987-1998. Nearly all of the harvest is currently taken from the San Juan Islands area. Scallops in this fishery are monitored for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning by the Washington Department of Health, and there are strict requirements for scallops coming out of areas classified as restricted.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-610, effective immediately until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess pink or spiny scallops taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:
(1) Pink or spiny scallop harvest is limited to 10 pounds per day for the sole purpose of submitting a sample to the Washington Department of Health for public health testing.
(2) It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess pink or spiny scallops with shellfish dive gear without a commercial scallop dive fishery license holder on board the designated harvest vessel.
(3) Pink or spiny scallop harvest using shellfish diver gear, for the purposes of public health testing, is only allowed in Washington Department of Health (DOH) Approved Commercial Shellfish Growing Areas of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A, 23B, 25A and 25B, except as noted in (3) below.
(4) Pink or spiny scallop harvest using shellfish diver gear, for the purposes of public health testing, is also allowed within DOH Restricted Scallop Area 2 Rosario Strait, Restricted Scallop Area 3 Burrows Bay and Restricted Scallop Area 4 Lopez Island Southeast defined by the Washington Department of Health in Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20B, 21A, 22A, 23A and 23B.
(5) It is unlawful for more than two divers from a harvest vessel to be in the water at any one time during pink or spiny scallop harvest operations or when commercial quantities of pink or spiny scallops are on board the vessel.
(6) It is unlawful to possess any other species of commercial shellfish during pink or spiny scallop harvest operations and when pink or spiny scallops are onboard the harvest vessel.
Harvest quota and landings
Non-Indian scallop quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2018-19 season:
|Preliminary landings (pounds)||Remaining quota (pounds)|
last update 10/28/19
Department of Health information
After WDFW indicates an area is open, commercial harvesters must also check the commercial shellfish growing area’s classification on the Department of Health website. Harvest is allowed in commercial shellfish growing areas classified as Approved. Harvest may occur in areas classified as Conditionally Approved or Restricted only if additional steps with DOH are taken.
- Permanent Scallop Fishing Regulations. WAC:220-340-610
- Emergency Commercial Fishing Regulations (eWACS)
- Shellfish Harvest Logs. WAC:220-340-030
- Fish Rules of General Application. WAC:220-305
- Shellfish - Definitions, Classifications and General Rules. WAC:220-320
- General Commercial Fishery Rules. WAC:220-353
- Sale of Commercially Caught Shellfish. WAC:220-340-040
- Fish Receiving Tickets, Sales, Commercial Duties, and Recordkeeping. WAC:220-352