Washington's Wildstock Geoduck Fishery
Since 1969, DNR has jointly managed the geoduck fishery in the state with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Puget Sound Treaty Indian Tribes (Tribes).
The state and Tribes each have a right to 50 percent of the sustainable, allowable geoduck catch. Both are responsible for estimating geoduck population size, determining sustainable yield, and protecting the health of the geoduck stock and the habitat they depend upon.
DNR manages the submerged aquatic lands in which the wild geoducks grow, and offers at public auctions the right for private businesses to harvest specific quantities from specific areas.
Goals for the State’s Geoduck Program
- Encourage a stable and orderly harvest.
- Provide maximum benefits of geoduck resources to the citizens of the state.
- Minimize adverse impacts to shoreline residents.
- Ensure effective enforcement of the state harvest.
|April 2014||April 30, 2014||June 9 - Sept. 12, 2014|
|February 2014||February 25, 2014||April 1 - June 5, 2014|
|November 2013||November 21, 2013||Jan. 2 - March 28, 2014|
|September 2013||September 5, 2013||Oct. 21 - Dec. 30, 2013|
|May 2013||May 16, 2013||June 24 - Oct. 16, 2013|
|March 2013||March 4, 2013||April 8 - June 19, 2013|
|November 2012||November 28, 2012||Jan. 2 - March 29, 2013|
|August 2012||August 22, 2012||Oct. 1 - Dec. 28, 2012|
|May 2012||May 9, 2012||June 18 - Sept. 28, 2012|
Managing the geoduck resource is dynamic due to changes in market demand, resource economics, and new information on geoduck biology and population dynamics. As the managers, DNR and WDFW enforce civil and criminal state laws, regulations and contract conditions that apply to the state’s fishery.
Wild stock Geoduck Habitat Conservation Plan
DNR developed a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to ensure that state-managed wild geoduck harvests comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and that the harvests are conducted in a manner that protects threatened and endangered species. The "Low Effect" HCP covers the harvest of naturally occurring geoduck on state-owned beds under marine waters. Geoducks raised and harvested under aquacultural practices are not included.
Commercial Wild Stock Geoduck Fishery Management Plan for State-owned Aquatic Lands - UPDATED August 2008
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) state of Washington Commercial Geoduck Fishery May 23, 2001.
Wild Geoduck Habitat Conservation Plan Documents
Wild Geoduck Biological Opinion
Wild Geoduck Fishery Habitat Conservation Plan
HCP List of Appendices
NOAA Incidental Take Permit
USFWS Incidental Take Permit