Description and Range
Pacific oysters are oblong shaped with an irregular, wavy shell edge. They are chalky white or grey in color and are up to 12 inches long.
Pacific oysters can be found from Prince William Sound, AK south to Newport Bay, CA.
Licenses and permits
Rules and seasons
Minimum size 2-1/2 inches measured across the longest distance of the shell.
Daily limit 18 oysters. Oysters consumed on the beach count toward a limit.
Oysters must be shucked on the beach. Leave shells on the same tideland and at the same tide height as where they were taken.
Oysters may only be harvested by hand or with hand-held manually operated prying tool (no hammers, etc.). Each harvester must use a separate container to retain their catch.
Recreational oyster seasons are beach-specific and may change annually. Check this year’s seasons here: Public clam, mussel, and oyster beaches. Always check the DOH biotoxin status before harvesting.