Diving with Octopuses
  • Photo by Janna Nichols

  • Photo by Janna Nichols

  • Photo by Janna Nichols

  • Photo by Janna Nichols

  • Photo by Janna Nichols

  • Photo by Janna Nichols

  • Redondo dive lights - Photo by Jennifer Collins

Octopus Protection Areas
A new rule that provides additional protection for giant Pacific octopuses will take effect Oct. 6, when the recreational harvest of the species will be prohibited at seven popular scuba diving sites in Puget Sound.

Those dive sites include:

"Puget Sound is one of the most popular dive destinations in the nation, and giant Pacific octopuses are one of its main attractions," said Craig Burley, fish management program manager for WDFW. "These new areas provide additional protection for the species and a greater chance for divers to see these fascinating animals."

In August, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission considered options and voted to prohibit recreational harvest of the species at the seven dive sites.

See more information on the giant Pacific octopus rulemaking process and public comments received here.

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Find further information on Octopus Protection Areas, Conservations Areas and Marine Preserves by clicking the labels on the map below.
Diving with Octopus
 
Deception Pass Three Tree Point North Redondo Beach Alki Beach Junk Yard Alki Beach Seacrest Coves 1, 2 and 3 Les Davis Days Island Admiralty Head Marine Preserve Keystone Harbor Conservation Area Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary Conservation Area Carkeek Park Marine Preserve Golden Gardens Park Marine Preserve Discovery Park Marine Preserve Orchard Rocks Conservation Area Waketickeh Creek Conservation Area Richey Viewpoint Marine Preserve Emma Schmitz Memorial Marine Preserve Lincoln Park Marine Preserve Octopus Hole Conservation Area Sund Rock Conservation Area City of Des Moines Park Conservation Area Saltwater State Park Marine Preserve South 239th Street Park Conservation Area Colvos Passage Marine Preserve Titlow Beach Marine Preserve Z's Reef Marine Preserve Saltar's Point Beach Conservation Area