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

 
As soon as details for the next geoduck auction have been finalized, you will find the information here.  
 
 
Invitation to Bid
Packets
Successful Bidders
(Auction Dates)
Environmental Assessments
Harvest Period
 
 
August 23, 2017 Sept. 26, 2017 - Dec. 22, 2017
  May 2017 May 31, 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
 
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 in the intertidal.--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.