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

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. 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 will be held September 23, 2015, at 9:00 am, in Conference Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building.  Details will be posted as soon as they become available.
Past Invitation to Bid
Successful Bidders
(Auction Dates)
Harvest Period
June 2015 June 9, 2015 Jul 21 - Oct 22, 205
February 2015 February 24, 2015            Apr 7 - Jul 16, 2015       
November 2014 November 5, 2014 Dec 15 - Mar 26, 2015
August 2014 August 6, 2014 Sept 15 - Dec 11, 2014
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, 2013 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

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

Wild Geoduck Habitat Conservation Plan Documents