Dive Safety
Diving can be dangerous so, dive to your ability, training and experience level.  Please check currents before you dive.

The diver must be swimming or floating in the water while spearfishing. The use of explosives or bullets attached to the spear ("bang sticks") is prohibited. See Fishing in Washington Rules and Regulations for more information.

Fishing & Shellfishing
Find more fishing and shellishing opportunities, information and regulations


For more information
please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.

Phone: 360-902-2515
E-mail: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov



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Visit Washington's Marine Science Centers

If you’re looking to learn more about the unique marine life in Washington’s Puget Sound, visit one of the Marine Science Centers located in your area. Share this remarkable underwater world with others. Before you go call for hours of operation and fees.

Bellingham Marine Life Center

1801 Roeder Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225
Get Directions

(360) 671-2431

Bellingham Marine Life Center
The center offers visitors a chance to see what lurks beneath the bay. The center showcases marine life and habitat in Bellingham Bay, Puget Sound and on the Washington Coast. A touch pool offers an up close and more personal experience.

Quaint aquarium offers intimate experience to explore local marine life from Puget Sound. Roughly 3,000 gallons of seawater
flows thru 5 exhibits.  Amazing invertebrate and vertebrate life reside in a cold seawater display. At times a shy giant pacific octopus lurks in a central aquarium. Get your hand wet in the touch pool. Hold a hermit crab or tickle a sea anemone.


Hours: Open September – May. Monday – Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm

Foss Waterway Seaport

705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
Get Directions

(253) 272-2750

Foss Waterway Seaport
Located on Commencement Bay offers both community and schools-focused education programs. New facilities will include a 5,200 square foot Marine Science and Environmental Studies classroom/laboratory for use my multiple school districts where young people will gain skills in science, math and environmental literacy through study of the ecosystem of the community where they live. The facility will provide students with on-the–water and beyond-the-textbook experiences.  This understanding will provide a framework of insights to ocean systems everywhere.


Marine Science and Technology (MaST)

Marine Science and
Technology (MaST) Center 
 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S.
 Des Moines, WA 98198
Get Directions

(206) 878-3710 ext. 3135

Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center
Highline Community College’s MaST Center is dedicated to responsible stewardship of the Puget Sound ecosystem. The Center offers college-level Marine Biology and Oceanography classes, and a semi-monthly Science on the Sound speaker series. The MaST Center boasts more than 80 species of aquatic life and features 11 large tanks; including two touch tanks. The center is open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Science on the Sound Summer Camps is offered for middle school aged children.


Hours: Open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm

Nisqually Reach Nature Center

4949 Milluhr Drive NE
Olympia, WA 98412-2311
Get Directions

(360) 459-0387

Nisqually Reach Nature Center
The nature center is a nonprofit organization. That is promoting the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of the Nisqually estuary through education, interpretation, and research.  We have 5 active tidal aquariums, and varied activities for young and old.


Hours: Open to the public 12-4pm on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

10441 Bayview Edison Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Get Directions

(360) 428-1558

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
The federal government selected Padilla Bay for research and education about Puget Sound. The bay has about 10,000 acres of intertidal mud flats and eelgrass in the delta of the Samish and Skagit Rivers. Facilities include trails, boat launches, public access, indoor exhibits, aquarium and research facilities.


Hours: Visiting hours vary seasonally

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma WA 98407
Get Directions

(253) 591-5337

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Come face-to-face with everything from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000 lb. walrus. The North Pacific Aquarium highlights native Northwest sea life while the South Pacific features brightly-colored tropical fish and more than 20 shark species. The Rocky Shores exhibit boasts wildly-popular marine mammals like polar bears, walrus and sea otters.


Hours: Zoo hours change seasonally. Check here for current hours.

Port Angeles Marine Laboratory

Port Angeles City Pier
315 North Lincoln Street
Port Angeles, WA, 98362
Get Directions

(360) 417-6254

Feiro Marine Life Center
The mission of the Feiro Marine Life Center is to foster the understanding of, and a commitment to, the health of the marine environment and related watersheds of the Olympic Peninsula, and their importance to its communities.


Hours: Visiting hours vary seasonally

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Fort Worden State Park
532 Battery Way
Port Townsend, WA  98368
Get Direction

(800) 566-3932

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is a place where science happens: a place where citizens conduct research in partnership with scientists, a place where kids learn that science is exciting and doing it is a creative process. It’s a place where teachers increase their skills and passion for teaching science. And it’s a place where families make deeper connections with Puget Sound.


Hours: Visiting hours vary seasonally
Summer: Wednesdays - Mondays, 11 am - 5 pm

Poulsbo Marine Science Center

18743 Front St. NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Get Directions

(360) 598-4460

Poulsbo Marine Science Center
Our focus is to, “Promote lifelong learning and appreciation for the marine environment and underwater technology by enhancing science education with hands on learning and conservation.” We welcome visitors of all ages to learn more about the waters that surround us.


Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA  98101
Get Directions

(206) 386-4300

Seattle Aquarium
Inspiring conservation of our marine environment

Visit the Seattle Aquarium and get an up close look at northwest marine wildlife.  Show your non-diving friends what they are missing at our 120,000 gallon Window on Washington Waters.  Learn the secrets of the giant Pacific octopus, wolf eels and lingcod.  Watch video of elusive six gill sharks that swim right beneath our pier.  See playful otters, seals, and birds that fly underwater.  Touch live sea stars, urchins and more in our Life on the Edge exhibit and go nose to nose with colorful tropical fish in our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit.


Hours: Open 9:30am to 5pm daily. Last entry at 5pm, exhibits close at 6pm