Marine Protected Areas within Puget Sound

Restriction Overview for Marine Protected Areas

The following table is an overview of restrictions and openings for takes by species category and MPA. You can click on the MPA name to retrieve more detailed information.

These restrictions apply only to the non-tribal public.
Harvesting of oysters, clams, and mussels by owners of and on their tidelands is not restricted.

Codes used for species categories are:

  • Slm = Salmon
  • Trt = Sea trout
  • Btm = Bottomfish
  • Shl = Shellfish
  • FrF = Forage Fish
  • Unc = Unclassified marine invertebrates and fish
    (a breakdown for each category is included at the bottom of this page)

Abbreviations used for table entries are:

  • C = Closed (red background): no takes allowed.
  • O = Open (green background): harvest allowed, subject to standing WDFW regulations for the general area.
  • L = Limited openings (yellow background): see the detail page for the MPA for more information.
Sorted by MPA name Species Categories
Recreational Commercial
MPA Name (and link to detail pages) Slm Trt Btm Shl FrF Unc Slm Btm Shl FrF Unc
Admiralty Head MP C C C L C C C C L C C
Argyle Lagoon MP O O C C L O O C C L C
Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Carkeek Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
City of Des Moines Park CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Colvos Passage MP L C C C C C C C C C C
Discovery Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Emma Schmitz Memorial Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
False Bay MP O O C C L O O C C L C
Friday Harbor MP O O C C L O O C C L C
Golden Gardens Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Keystone CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Lincoln Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Octopus Hole CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Orchard Rocks CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Richey Viewpoint MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Saltar's Point Beach CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Saltwater State Park MP C C C C C C C C C C C
Shaw Island MP O O C L L O O C L L C
South 239th Street Park CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Sund Rock CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Titlow Beach MP L C C C C C C C C C C
Waketickeh CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Yellow and Low Islands MP O O C C L O O C C L C
Zee's Reef MP L C C C C C C C C C C
Sea cucumber and urchin EZs
Haro Strait & San Juan and Upright Channels
O O O O O O O O L O O

 

Sorted Roughly by Location Species Categories
Recreational Commercial
MPA Name (and link to detail pages) Slm Trt Btm Shl FrF Unc Slm Btm Shl FrF Unc
Sea cucumber and urchin EZs
Haro Strait & San Juan and Upright Channels
O O O O O O O O L O O
Yellow and Low Islands MP O O C C L O O C C L C
Friday Harbor MP O O C C L O O C C L C
Shaw Island MP O O C L L O O C L L C
Argyle Lagoon MP O O C C L O O C C L C
False Bay MP O O C C L O O C C L C
Admiralty Head MP C C C L C C C C L C C
Keystone CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Carkeek Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Golden Gardens Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Discovery Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Richey Viewpoint MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Emma Schmitz Memorial Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Lincoln Park MP L L L C L C L L C L C
Orchard Rocks CA C C C C C C C C C C C
City of Des Moines Park CA C C C C C C C C C C C
South 239th Street Park CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Saltwater State Park MP C C C C C C C C C C C
Colvos Passage MP L C C C C C C C C C C
Titlow Beach MP L C C C C C C C C C C
Zee's Reef MP L C C C C C C C C C C
Saltar's Point Beach CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Sund Rock CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Octopus Hole CA C C C C C C C C C C C
Waketickeh CA C C C C C C C C C C C

 

Expanded List of Species by Category
  • Slm = Salmon, including:
    • Chinook AKA "King"
    • Chum AKA "Dogs" or "Keta"
    • Coho AKA "Silvers" or "Bluebacks"
    • Pink AKA "Humpies"
    • Sockeye AKA "Reds"
  • Trt = Sea trout, including:
    • Dolly Varden AKA "Bull trout", "Cutthroat", and "Steelhead"
  • Btm = Bottomfish, including:
    • Flounder
    • Sole
    • Halibut
    • Rockfishes
    • Greenling (lingcod, kelp greenling, rock greenling, other greenlings)
    • Skates
    • Sculpins
    • Dogfish (shark)
  • Shl = Shellfish, including, per WAC 220-12-020
    • Abalone
    • Barnacles
    • Clams
    • Crab
    • Crawfish
    • Mussels
    • Octopus
    • Oysters
    • Scallops
    • Sea cucumbers
    • Sea urchins
    • Shrimp
    • Squid
  • FrF = Forage Fish, including:
    • Northern anchovy
    • Pacific herring
    • Pacific sand lance AKA "candle fish"
    • Pacific sardine AKA "pilchard"
    • surf smelt
  • Unc = Unclassified marine invertebrates and fish, defined per WAC 220-56-130, "species existing in Washington state marine waters in a wild state that have not been classified as food fish, shellfish, game fish, protected wildlife, or endangered species." These include:
    • moon snails
    • nudibranchs
    • sculpins not identified as bottom fish