Commercial sea cucumber fishery

The quota in District 2-1 (Strait JDF) has been reached, and is now closed.

There are 7,000 pounds remaining in District 1 (San Juan Islands), and it will remain open until further notice. The weekly trip limit is 1000 pounds/license.

Harvest quotas and landings

The landings below include all reports received for the 2019-20 season and are unofficial.

Sea Cucumber Harvest Area 2019-2020 State Quota Share 2019-2020 State  Fishery Landings
San Juan Island - District 1 137,000 lbs 129,250
Strait of Juan de Fuca - District 2-1 64,000 lbs 63,500 (CLOSED)
Admiralty Inlet - District 2-2 26,954 lbs 27,487 (CLOSED)
Central Puget Sound - District 3 CLOSED CLOSED
Hood Canal - District 4 CLOSED CLOSED
South Puget Sound - District 5 15,000 lbs 14,696 (CLOSED)

Regulations

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-730, effective October 7, 2019, until further notice, 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 Monday through Sunday of each week in the following Marine Fish- Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas of Sea Cucumber District 1: 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, and 22B.

 (2) The maximum cumulative landing of sea cucumbers for each weekly fishery opening period is 1000 pounds per valid designated sea cucumber harvest license.

Sea cucumber harvest districts and reporting areas

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