Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 28, 2021

Recreational sea cucumber closures in Puget Sound

Action: Maintaining the closure of personal-use sea cucumber harvest year-round in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 10, and that portion of Marine Area 9 south of a line projected from Foulweather Bluff continuing to Double Bluff on Whidbey Island.

Effective date: Immediately.

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

Location: All marine areas.

Reason for action: 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 comanager agreement for conservation reasons. Sea cucumber harvest in all other areas not closed by permanent rules (see WAC 220-330-090) will remain open until further notice. This fishing rule change to personal-use harvest regulation supports both conservation of the species and co-manager agreement.

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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