Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Exclusion Zones

The Haro Strait Reserve and San Juan Channel Urchin and Cucumber Reserve are two marine protected areas created as commercial sea urchin and sea cucumber harvest exclusion zones. The reserve prohibits non-tribal commercial fishers from harvesting sea urchins and sea cucumbers. By agreement, treaty tribes also do not harvest urchins and cucumbers in these areas.

Haro Strait

WAC 220-52-071(1)(a)(ii): (sea cucumber) and WAC 220-52-073(1)(b)(i): (sea urchin):

"Haro Strait north of a line projected due west from the southernmost point of Cattle Point on San Juan Island to the international border and south of a line projected due west from a point one-quarter mile north of Lime Kiln Light on San Juan Island to the international border." Effective since 12/7/1987.

Map of the Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Exclusion Zones.
Map of the Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Exclusion Zones.WDFW

Recreational restrictions and openings

Species Status Comments, notes...
Salmon Not Applicable  
Trout Not Applicable  
Bottomfish Not Applicable  
Shellfish Not Applicable  
Forage Fish Not Applicable  
Unclassified Not Applicable  

Note: this MPA's WACs do not regulate any recreational fishery. Please check the rulings of other MPAs for specific information about closures within those areas

 Commercial restrictions and openings

Species Status Comments, notes...
Salmon Not Applicable  
Bottomfish Not Applicable  
Shellfish Not Applicable  
Forage Fish Not Applicable  
Unclassified Limited Harvesting of sea cucumber and sea urchin only is prohibited.

Note: this MPA's WACs do not regulate any commercial fisheries but sea cucumber and sea urchin. Please check the rulings of other MPAsfor specific information about closures within those areas.

Geographic statistics

Area Type Acres Hectares
Intertidal 93.5 37.8
Subtidal 9,922.8 4,015.6
Total 10,016.3 4,053.4

San Juan and Upright Channels

WAC 220-52-071(1)(a)(i): (sea cucumber) and WAC 220-52-073(1)(b)(ii): (sea urchin):

"San Juan Channel and Upright Channel within the following lines: South of a line projected from Flat Point on Lopez Island true west to Shaw Island; west of a line from Neck Point on Shaw Island to Steep Point on Orcas Island; south of a line from Steep Point on Orcas Island to Limestone Point on San Juan Island north of a line from Flat Point on Lopez Island to the northernmost point of Turn Island and thence projected true west to San Juan Island." Effective since 5/11/1972.

Map of the Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Exclusion Zones.
Map of the Sea Urchin and Sea Cucumber Exclusion Zones.WDFW

Recreational restrictions and openings

Species Status Comments, notes...
Salmon Not Applicable  
Trout Not Applicable  
Bottomfish Not Applicable  
Shellfish Not Applicable  
Forage Fish Not Applicable  
Unclassified Not Applicable  

 Note: this MPA's WACs do not regulate any recreational fishery. Please check the rulings of other MPAs for specific information about closures within those areas.

Commercial restrictions and openings

Species Status Comments, notes...
Salmon Not Applicable  
Bottomfish Not Applicable  
Shellfish Not Applicable  
Forage Fish Not Applicable  
Unclassified Limited Harvesting of sea cucumber and sea urchin only is prohibited.

 Note: this MPA's WACs do not regulate any recreational fishery. Please check the rulings of other MPAs for specific information about closures within those areas.

Geographic statistics

Area Type Acres Hectares
Intertidal 93.5 37.8
Subtidal 9,922.8 4,015.6
Total 10,016.3 4,053.4