Whale Protection Zone

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West and south shores of San Juan Island from Mitchell Bay to Cattle Point.

Background: In December 2020, the Fish and Wildlife Commission approved new rules for commercial viewing of Southern Resident killer whales that formally establish a ‘no-go’ zone on the west side of San Juan Island for motorized commercial whale watching vessels with a 100-yard corridor along the shore for commercial kayak tours. This zone remains in effect year-round regardless of SRKW presence and is voluntary for vessels not engaging in commercial whale watching operations. 

Recreational restrictions and openings

Species Status Comments, notes...
Salmon Open  
Trout Open  
Bottomfish Open  
Shellfish Open  
Forage Fish Open  
Unclassified Open  

Note: this MPA does not regulate any recreational fisheries. Please check the rulings of other MPAs for specific information about closures within those areas.

Commercial restrictions and openings

Species Status Comments, notes...
Salmon Open  
Bottomfish Open  
Shellfish Open  
Forage Fish Open  
Unclassified Open  

 Note: this MPA does not regulate any commercial fisheries. Please check the rulings of other MPAs for specific information about closures within those areas.

Geographic statistics

Area Type Acres Hectares
Intertidal - -
Subtidal - -
Total 3,434.9 1,390.0