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Marine Preserves, Conservation Areas & Shellfish Protection Zones

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1 Tatoosh Island: Those waters waters within one-quarter mile of Tatoosh Island. Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
2 Low Point: Those waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the vicinity of Low Point west of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123° 48.3’W longitude to the international border, and east of a line projected true north from the shoreline at 123° 52.7’W longitude to the international border at 123° 52.7’W longitude. Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
3 Discovery Bay Shrimp District: Waters south of a line from McCurdy Point on the Quimper Peninsula to the northern tip of Protection Island then from the western end of Protection Island to Rocky Point on the Miller Peninsula and all waters of Discovery Bay: Go to https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/shrimp or refer to the toll-free shellfish rule change hotline (866) 880-5431.
4 Southern Haro Strait: Those waters of Haro Strait north of a line projected true west from the southernmost point of Cattle Point on San Juan Island (48° 27.006’N, 122° 57.818’W) to the international border and south of a line projected true west from a point one-quarter mile north of Lime Kiln Light on San Juan Island (48° 31.202’N, 123° 9.162’W) to the international border. Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
5 Northern San Juan Channel: Those waters of San Juan Channel and Upright Channel within the following lines: North and west of a line from the northernmost point of Turn Island on San Juan Island (48° 32.146’N, 122° 58.279’W) to Flat Point on Lopez Island (48° 33.060’N, 122° 55.181’W) and thence projected from Flat Point true west to Shaw Island (48° 33.062’N, 122° 56.509’W) north of a line projected from the northernmost point of Turn Island (48° 32.146’N, 122° 58.279’W) true west to San Juan Island (48° 32.146’N, 122° 59.033’W) west of a line from Neck Point on Shaw Island (48° 35.233’N, 123° 0.744’W) to Steep Point on Orcas Island (48° 36.559’N, 123° 1.387’W) and south of a line from Steep Point on Orcas Island to Limestone Point on San Juan Island (48° 37.348’N, 123° 6.450’W). Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
A Yellow and Low Islands Preserve: All tidelands and bedlands within 300 yards of Yellow Island and 300 yards of Low Island. Closed to all shellfish harvest
B Friday Harbor Preserve: Those tidelands and bedlands adjacent to San Juan Island within a line beginning on the shore 500 yards west of Point Caution, then 500 yards offshore, then south and east following the shoreline to the intersection with a line projected from a UW marker located 100′ north of the north entrance of the floating breakwater of the Port of Friday Harbor and projected toward Reid Rock Buoy, then along the line to shore on San Juan Island. Closed to all shellfish harvest.
C Shaw Island Preserve: Those tidelands and bedlands within a line beginning at a UW marker on the shore at Hicks Bay 122°58.25’W longitude, then due south 500 yards, then north and west at a distance of 500 yards from shore to the intersection with a line projected 261° true from a UW marker on the shore of Parks Bay, which passes just south of the unnamed island at the north end of Parks Bay, then along the line to the shore of Shaw Island, including all tidelands and bedlands of Parks Bay south of the line. Closed to all shellfish harvest except for crabbing.
D Argyle Lagoon Preserve: Those UW-owned tidelands and all bedlands enclosed by the inner spit of Argyle Lagoon on San Juan Island. Closed to all shellfish harvest.
E False Bay Preserve: The tidelands and bedlands of False Bay on San Juan Island, including all University of Washington (UW)-owned tidelands beginning at a marker 400′ east of the east entrance of False Bay and extending to the entrance of False Bay, all UW-owned tidelands and bedlands within a line beginning at the UW marker on the shore at the east entrance of False Bay, projected 500 yards offshore, then northwest to a point 500 yards offshore along a line projected from a UW marker on the shore at the west side of a small peninsula at the west entrance of False Bay, then to shore along the line to the marker, and all UW-owned tidelands west of the marker to a UW marker 600′ west of the small peninsula. Closed to all shellfish harvest.
F Voluntary Whale Protection Zone: WDFW encourages avoiding waters extending a quarter-mile from shore from Mitchell Bay to Cattle Point except around Lime Kiln Point where the zone extends a half mile from shore.
6 Lummi Indian Reservation Closure Reservation Closed to non-Indian fishing and/or access.
7 Deception Pass Octopus Protection Area Closed to the harvest of octopus.
8 Admiralty Head Marine Preserve: All waters and bedlands below the Extreme Low Water starting at the extreme low tide line at 48°9.46’N, 122°40.88’W at the sign (in Fort Casey State Park), extending 400 yards offshore and northward parallel to the beach for 0.6 nautical miles. Closed to all shellfish harvest except sea urchins and sea cucumbers.
Keystone Conservation Area: All waters, bedlands, and tidelands from Extreme High Water (EHW) out to 600′ offshore of EHW that are located between the jetty at Keystone Harbor and the eastern side of the old military wharf (located east of the jetty) Closed to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.
9 Edmonds Public Fishing Pier: Waters inside a line from the boundary marker on the north breakwater to the southernmost marker buoy; then to the northernmost marker buoy; then to the north end of the city of Edmonds public beach

Brackett’s Landing Shoreline Sanctuary Conservation Area: Bedlands and tidelands owned by the city of Edmonds at Brackett’s Landing Shoreline Sanctuary and the water column above them, including all of the area known as Edmonds Underwater Park.

Closed to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish except when fishing from the Edmonds Public Pier.
10 A Carkeek Park Marine Preserve: 122°22.82’W, 47°42.53’N to a sign at 122°22.79’W, 47°42.73’N and 200 yards of beach starting 300 yards north of 122°22.79’W, 47°42.73’N. The area from high tide to minus 4.5′ (extreme low water): Closed to all shellfish harvest. Note signs at beach entrances.
B Golden Gardens Marine Preserve: 122°24.12’W, 47°41.86’N south to the walkway sign.
C Discovery Park Marine Preserve: 122°25.53’W, 47°39.45’N northeast to the sign at sidewalk and 122°25.35’W, 47°40.06’N to a sign posted at 122°25.07’W, 47°40.19’N.
D Elliott Bay Public Fishing Pier: Waters within 100 yards of the Elliott Bay Public Fishing Pier. Closed to all shellfish harvest.
E Seacrest Park Coves 1, 2, and 3 Octopus Protection Areas Closed to the harvest of octopus.
F Alki Beach Junk Yard Octopus Protection Area. Closed to the harvest of octopus.
G Richey Viewpoint Marine Preserve: From the north edge of the park at 122°25.15’W, 47°34.50’N to 122°24.82’W, 47°34.34’N The area from high tide to minus 4.5′ (extreme low water): Closed to all shellfish harvest. Note signs at beach entrances.
H Emma Schmitz Memorial Marine Preserve: The residential property fence at 122°24.44’W, 47°33.89’N south to SW Oregon St.
I Lincoln Park Marine Preserve: The flagpole at 122°24.08’W, 47°31.83’N to the sign posted at 122°23.67’W, 47°31.55’N
J Orchard Rocks Conservation Area: Waters and bedlands of Rich Passage within a 400 yard radius of Orchard Rocks. Closed to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish. Closure does not affect the harvest of clams, oysters, and mussels by tideland owners and their families.
K Sinclair Inlet: The waters of Sinclair Inlet west of a line projected southerly from the easternmost point of Point Turner (47° 33.886’N, 122° 37.397’W) to landfall directly below the Veteran’s Home in Annapolis (47° 32.868’N, 122° 36.973’W). Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
L Bainbridge Island: Those waters of Eagle Harbor west of a line projected from Wing Point (47° 37.241’N, 122° 29.535’W) to Eagle Harbor Creosote Light Number 1 (47° 36.975’N, 122° 29.792’W), then projected true west to the shore on Bainbridge Island (47° 36.975’N, 122° 29.977’W) Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
11 A Three Tree Point Octopus Protection Area Closed to the harvest of octopus.
B City of Des Moines Park Conservation Area Closed to all shellfish harvest.
C South 239th Street Park Conservation Area Closed to all shellfish harvest.
D Des Moines Fishing Pier: Waters within 100 yards of the Des Moines Public Fishing Pier. Closed to all shellfish harvest except when fishing from the pier.
E Saltwater State Park Marine Preserve: Those waters, bedlands, and tidelands of Saltwater State Park within a line projected from the northernrmost marker at the DNR high tide line through 122°19.65’W, 47°22.42’N; then to 122°19.74’W, 47°22.44’N; then to 122°19.77’W, 47°22.36’N, then to 122°19.68’W, 47°22.34’N; then to the southernmost marker on the shoreline and back along the high tide line to the northermost marker. Closed to all shellfish harvest.
F Redondo Beach Octopus Protection Area Closed to the harvest of octopus.
G Dash Point Dock: Waters within 100 yards of the Dash Point Dock. Closed to all shellfish harvest except when fishing from the pier.
H Les Davis Fishing Pier: Waters within 100 yards of the Les Davis Fishing Pier. Closed to all shellfish harvest except when fishing from the pier.
I Les Davis Octopus Protection Area Closed to the harvest of octopus.
J Colvos Passage Marine Preserve: Area enclosed by a line starting at extreme low water 300′ SW of the southern boundary of Sunrise County Park, Pierce Co. (latitude 47°20.9’N) due east 300′, then southwesterly paralleling the shoreline for 500′, then west to the extreme low water line, then northeasterly along extreme low water line to point of origin. Closed to all shellfish harvest.
12 Marine Area 12: All waters south of the Hood Canal Bridge. Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
A Waketickeh Creek Conservation Area: Waters and bedlands from Waketickeh Creek (located 1,000 yards NE of Cummings Pt.) out perpendicular to shore 500 yards, then parallel to shore northeast 1,700 yards, then back to shore along a line perpendicular to shore, excluding the area within 100′ of ordinary high water. Closed to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.
B Octopus Hole Conservation Area: Waters, tidelands, and bedlands of Hood Canal from ordinary highwater to 200 yards due east in an area starting at latitude 47°26.67’N (the first bulkhead south of the sign for Octopus Hole) and extending north 1⁄3 of a mile to 47°27.02’N. Closed to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish. Closure does not affect the harvest of clams, oysters, and mussels by tideland owners and their families.
X Sund Rock Conservation Area: Waters, tidelands, and bedlands enclosed by a line originating at the shore of Hood Canal, at the mouth of Sund Creek (47°26.4’N, 123°7.1’W), then due east to 123°6.9’W, then due south to 47°26’N, then due west until it intersects the beach, then north along the ordinary high water line to the point of origin, including all of the underwater feature known as Sund Rock.
13 A Titlow Beach Marine Preserve: All waters due west from the southern end of the Tacoma Outboard Association building near the boat launch ramp to the outer harbor line, then south following the outer harbor line to a line due west from the old ferry landing dock at the 6th Ave. Extension, then following the line to the high water line, then to the point of origin. Closed to all shellfish harvest.
B Days Island Octopus Protection Area Closed to the harvest of octopus.
C Hale Passage: All waters of Hale Passage and Wollochet Bay within the following lines: West of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Point Fosdick (47° 14’N, 122° 35’W), and thence projected true west to the shoreline of Fox Island (47° 14’N, 122° 35.368’W) and east of a line projected true south from the shoreline near Green Point (47° 16.5’N, 122° 41’W), and thence projected true east to the shoreline of Fox Island (47° 16.5’N, 122° 40.145’W). Closed to harvest of sea cucumber and sea urchin.
D Saltar’s Point Conservation Area: Tidelands owned by the town of Steilacoom at Saltar’s Point Beach located between Montgomery Street and Martin Street, and the water column above these tidelands. Closed to fishing for, harvesting, and possession of fish and shellfish.