Photo by Janna Nichols

For more information on the Giant Pacific Octopus rulemaking process:

For more information on the Giant Pacific Octopus:


Photo by Janna Nichols

Giant Pacific Octopus Rulemaking Process

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sets policy for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) called for a review of the octopus rules after the legal harvest of a giant Pacific octopus near Alki Point in Seattle sparked a public outcry. The commission received three petitions signed by hundreds of scuba divers and other members of the public seeking protection for octopuses from recreational harvest.

Working in conjunction with a 12-member citizen advisory group, WDFW developed options governing the harvest of giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound. The commission adopted rules protecting seven sites from recreational harvest of giant Pacific octopuses effective October 6, 2013.  The seven new protected sites are:

  • Deception Pass (north of Oak Harbor)
  • Seacrest Park Coves 1, 2 and 3 (West Seattle)
  • Alki Beach Junk Yard (West Seattle)
  • Three Tree Point North (Burien)
  • Redondo Beach (Des Moines)
  • Les Davis (Tacoma)
  • Days Island (Tacoma)

For more information and locations of the above sites see Diving with Octopuses

View a live giant Pacific octopus and learn more about other wildlife watching opportunities at the Seattle Aquarium