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Commercial Urchin Regulations

Last Updated: November 14, 2018

Sea Urchin Regulations

Special Notice: The fishery for red sea urchin is now open in Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Monday, November 12th.

Regulations:

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-750, effective November 12, 2018, until further notice, it is unlawful to take or possess sea urchins taken for commercial purposes except as provided for in this section:

(1) The following areas are open for red sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, District 2, and District 3 east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 48.3 minutes west longitude, and District 4 west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123 degrees 52.7 minutes west longitude. It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess red sea urchins smaller than 3.25 inches or larger than 5.0 inches (size is largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(2) The following areas are open for green sea urchin harvest seven days-per-week: Sea Urchin District 1, marine fish / shellfish catch areas 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A in Sea Urchin District 2, 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° 35 minutes west longitude to 47° 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° 41 minutes west longitude to 47° 16.5 minutes north latitude, and thence projected true east to the shoreline of Fox Island. It is unlawful to fish for, take, or possess green sea urchins smaller than 2.25 inches (size is largest test diameter exclusive of spines).

(3) The maximum cumulative landings for red sea urchin and green sea urchin for each weekly fishery opening period is 1,500 pounds per species per valid designated sea urchin harvest license. Each fishery week begins Monday and extends through Sunday.

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.

Attn BUYERS, the regulations for sea urchin quick reporting have been updated. Reports must include, for each fish receiving ticket prepared: (i) The wholesale fish buyer name, fisher name, date of sale, and the name/code of the port of landings; and (ii) The fish receiving ticket number, including the first alphanumeric letter. (c) For red sea urchins and green sea urchins, the report must specify the number of pounds received from each sea urchin district. (d) For red sea urchins, green sea urchins, and sea cucumbers, the report must specify the number of pounds received from each Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area.

Harvest Quotas and Landings

Non-Treaty sea urchin quota shares and preliminary landings for the 2018-2019 season:

Sea Urchin
Harvest Area
2018-2019
State Share (pounds)
Preliminary
Landings (pounds)
Green Urchins
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 175,000 52,200
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 40,000 39,000 (CLOSED)
District 3 & 4 (Strait Area, excluding Neah Bay) 50,000 8,000
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) CLOSED CLOSED
Districts 6 & 7 (South/Central Puget Sound Area) 25,000 0
Red Urchins
District 1 (San Juan Island Area) 166,609 0
District 2 (Admiralty Area) 13,000 0
District 3 (Port Angeles Area) 54,000 0
District 4 (Sekiu Area) 35,000 0
District 5 (Neah Bay Area) CLOSED CLOSED

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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