Washington's Wild Geoduck Fishery

Harvested geoducks
Harvest of wild geoducks funds restoration
of Washington's aquatic lands. 
--DNR photo

DNR jointly manages the geoduck fishery in the state with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Puget Sound Treaty Indian Tribes. The state and Tribes each have a right to 50 percent of the sustainable, allowable geoduck catch. DNR then offers the state's portion to private businesses for harvest at public auctions throughout the year. 
Both the state and the Tribes 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 its share of geoduck stock under the guidance of Habitat Conservation Plan developed in 2008 to ensure regular and orderly harvest in areas that minimize impacts to shoreline residents and sensitive species while maximizing the benefits a harvest can provide Washington's citizens. 
Geoduck auctions generate nearly $22 million of revenue each year. DNR uses that to fund restoration of aquatic habitats throughout the state to ensure geoduck, and all aquatic life, can continue to rely on the rich lands beneath Washington's waters. 

 Current Geoduck Auction announcement

The next geoduck auction has been scheduled for May 31, 2017 starting at 9:00 am at the Natural Resources Building in Olympia, Washington.  
Invitation to Bid
Successful Bidders
(Auction Dates)
Environmental Assessments
Harvest Period
  May 2017   June 27, 2017 - Sept. 22, 2017
  February 2017 February 22, 2017  April 4, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Jan. 3 - March 23, 2017
Sept. 27-Dec.30, 2016
July 6 - Sept 23, 2016
Apr 4 - June 30, 2016
Feb 2 - Mar 31, 2016
Oct 28 - Jan 27, 2016
Jul 21 - Oct 22, 2015
February 24, 2015           
Apr 7 - Jul 16, 2015       
Dec 15 - Mar 26, 2015
Sept 15 - Dec 11, 2014
June 9 - Sept 12, 2014
April 1 - June 5, 2014
Jan 2 - March 28, 2014
Oct 21 - Dec 30, 2013
June 24 - Oct 16, 2013
April 8 - June 19, 2013
Jan 2 - March 29, 2013
Oct 1 - Dec 28, 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

Wild geoducks reach out of tidelands.--DNR photo
Intertidal geoducks -- DNR photo

DNR developed an HCP to ensure that state-managed wild geoduck harvests comply with the Endangered Species Act, and that 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.

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final SEIS) state of Washington Commercial Geoduck Fishery May 23, 2001.