Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

February 18, 2021

Recreational sea cucucmber harvest to close in Puget Sound

Action: Closes personal-use sea cucumber harvest in all marine areas in Puget Sound.

Effective date: March 1 through June 30, 2021.

Species affected: Parastichopus californicus, the California or Giant Red Sea Cucumber.

Location: All marine areas.

Reason for action: Sea cucumber harvest in all areas is closed from March 1 through June 30 by co-manager agreement to protect aggregations during their peak spawning season. The closure of personal-use harvest is needed to support both conservation of the species and co-manager agreement.

Information contact: Taylor Frierson, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Echinoderm Fishery Manager, taylor.frierson@dfw.wa.gov, 360-902-2652.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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