Washington's Wild Geoduck Fishery

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

Attention: Current Geoduck Auction Announcement

Online Auctions
Due to the current closures and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, DNR will hold auctions virtually. Date and instructions on how to participate in the next auction are posted below.
Invitation to Bid
Successful Bidders
(Auction Dates)
Harvest Period
  May 2023 June 7, 2023 July 5, 2023 - September 29, 2023
  January 2023 March 1, 2023 April 10, 2023 - June 30, 2023
  October 2022 November 30, 2022 January 3, 2022 - March 31, 2022
  August 2022 September 28, 2022 November 7, 2022 - December 30,2022
  May 2022 June 22, 2022 July 19, 2022 - October 28, 2022
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


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.