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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: April 23, 2018

Sea Urchin Regulations

Notice: Commercial harvest for Red and Green Sea Urchins in all Sea Urchin Districts has been closed.

Season Recommendations

Remember that the sea urchin district boundaries have changed. Please see the map below or contact Taylor Frierson with questions (360) 902-2652.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

Non-Indian sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2017-2018 season:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
State Share (pounds)
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 174,946 (closed)
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 40,000 39,310 (closed)
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 49,789 (closed)
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) closed closed
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) 25,000 10,354 (closed)
Red Urchins
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 174,271 182,662 (closed)
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 13,000 12,384 (closed)
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 54,000 53,869 (closed)
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 35,000 34,823 (closed)
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) closed closed

Washington State Commercial 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 WAC's