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Wildstock Geoduck Fishery 
Wild Geoduck 

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.

 

 Current Geoduck Auction announcement 

The next wild stock geoduck auction is April 30, 2014.

The harvest period will be June 9 - Sept. 12, 2014

Past Invitation-to-bid packets

Successful bidders

(Auction dates)

Harvest period
February 2014February 25, 2014April 1 - June 5, 2014
November 2013November 21, 2013Jan. 2 - March 28, 2014
September 2013September 5, 2013Oct. 21 - Dec. 30, 2013
May 2013May 16, 2013June 24 - Oct. 16, 2013
March 2013March 4, 2013April 8 - June 19, 2013
November 2012November 28, 2012Jan. 2 - March 29, 2013
August 2012August 22, 2012Oct. 1 - Dec. 28, 2012
May 2012May 9, 2012June 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.


Publications
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
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
NOAA Incidental Take Permit
USFWS Incidental Take Permit

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 Contacts

Todd Palzer
Shellfish Program Operations Manager
360-902-1864
todd.palzer@dnr.wa.gov

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