Commercial sea urchin fishery

For green urchin in Districts 3 and 4, the quota has been reached and it will be closed immediately. Standby for updated regulations.

For red urchin in District 2, there are 4000 pounds of quota remaining. Harvesters, please contact me directly before planning a trip in this area.

 

Harvest quotas and landings

WDFW-managed state sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2022-2023 season:

Green urchins

Sea Urchin Harvest Area 2022- 23 State Share (pounds) Preliminary  Landings (pounds)
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 150,000 91,250
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 40,000 38,566 (CLOSED)
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 49,553 (CLOSED)
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) CLOSED CLOSED
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) 25,000 27,090 (CLOSED)

Red urchins

Sea Urchin Harvest Area 2022-23 State Share (pounds) Preliminary Landings (pounds)
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 83,862 54,000
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 13,000 8,500
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) *63,204 33,250
District 4 (Sekiu Area) *42,608 -
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) CLOSED CLOSED

Regulations

 

   WAC 220-340-75000R   Commercial sea urchin fishery.

   Effective January 23, 2023, until further notice, the provisions of WAC 220-340-750 regarding commercial harvest of sea urchins shall be modified as described below.  All other provisions of WAC 220-340-750 not addressed herein remain in effect unless otherwise amended by emergency rule:

 

  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; or red sea urchins measuring less than 3.25 inches or greater than 5 inches. All measurements are caliper measurements of the largest shell (test) diameter, exclusive of the spines.  
  2. The following areas are open for red sea urchin harvest only, seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, District 2, District 3, and District 4. 
  3. The maximum cumulative landings for red sea urchins for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,500 pounds per valid designated sea urchin harvest license.  
  4. The following areas are open for green sea urchin harvest only, seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, District 3, and District 4.  
  5. The maximum cumulative landings for green sea urchins for each weekly fishery opening period is 2,500 pounds per valid designated sea urchin harvest license.  

 

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

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