Commercial sea urchin fishery

The quota for green sea urchin in District 2 has been reached, and it is now closed.

Harvest quotas and landings

Non-Treaty sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2020-2021 season:

Green urchins

Sea Urchin Harvest Area 2020- 21 State Share (pounds) Preliminary  Landings (pounds)
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 300
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 40,000 4,25038,787 (CLOSED)
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 49,279 -
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) CLOSED CLOSED
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) 25,000 -

Red urchins

Sea Urchin Harvest Area 2020-21 State Share (pounds) Preliminary Landings (pounds)
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) - (CLOSED)
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 13,000 (CLOSED)
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 60,000 (CLOSED)(CLOSED)
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 28,750 (CLOSED)
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) CLOSED CLOSED

Regulations

  

WAC 220-340-75000Y   Commercial sea urchin fisheries.

 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-750, effective immediately, until further notice:

 

  1. It is unlawful for any person to fish for, take, or possess for commercial purposes any green sea urchins less than 2.25 inches. All measurements are caliper measurements of the largest shell (test) diameter, exclusive of the spines.
  2. The following areas are open for green sea urchin harvest only, seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1; District 2 Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A; 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 degrees 35 minutes west longitude to 47 degrees 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 degrees 41 minutes west longitude to 47 degrees 16.5 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true east to the shoreline of Fox Island.
  3. The maximum cumulative landings for green sea urchins for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,500 pounds per valid designated sea urchin harvest license. Each fishery week begins Monday and ends Sunday.

 

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 WACs