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

June 25, 2021

CORRECTION: Many areas of Puget Sound to reopen for recreational sea cucumber harvest July 1

Corrects and clarifies open/closed Marine Areas.

Action: Opens personal-use sea cucumber harvest in Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, 5, 6, 7, 9 (N. of Foulweather Bluff to Double Bluff), 11, and 13. Maintains the closure of personal-use sea cucumber harvest in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 10, and the part of Marine Area 9 south of line projected from Foulweather Bluff continuing to Double Bluff on Whidbey Island, until further notice.?

Effective date: July 1, 2021, until further notice.

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

Location: Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line, 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, and 13.

Reason for action: This fishing rule change to personal-use harvest regulation supports both conservation of the species and co-manager agreement.

Additional information: The portions of Marine Areas 8, 9, and 10 described above comprise commercial sea cucumber district 3. This district has been closed to commercial harvest since 2014 by co-manager agreement for conservation reasons. Sea cucumber harvest in all other areas not closed by permanent rules (see WAC 220-330-090) can reopen from July 1 through Feb. 28 by co-manager agreement to protect aggregations during their peak spawning season (March 1 to June 30).

Information contact: Taylor Frierson, 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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