It is unlawful to fish for or possess scallops taken for commercial purposes from Puget Sound except as provided for in this section:
(1)(a) Rock scallops and weathervane scallops. It is unlawful at any time to take or possess rock or weathervane scallops taken for commercial purposes from Puget Sound unless a person has first obtained a scallop brood stock permit issued by the department. The permit will specify the species, location, time, and quantity of scallops that can be taken for brood stock or culture purposes.
(b) Licensing: A shellfish dive fishery license is a license that allows a permittee to retain rock and weathervane scallops for brood stock purposes.
(2) Pink scallops and spiny scallops.
(a) General provisions:
(i) Pink and spiny scallops may be harvested from Puget Sound at any time.
(ii) The minimum commercial pink or spiny scallop size is 2 inches in length from the hinge to the outer margin of the shell.
(iii) Persons fishing for pink or spiny scallops must have approval of the Washington state department of health. Scallops may only be taken from areas approved by the department of health and any fisher taking pink or spiny scallops must have on board the harvesting vessel a valid department of health shellfish toxin sampling agreement.
(iv) No other shellfish except octopus and squid may be retained while scallop fishing or while scallop are possessed aboard the scallop fishing vessel.
(b) Trawl gear provisions: Otter trawl gear may not be used to fish for scallops in Puget Sound at any time.
(c) Shellfish diver gear provisions:
(i) Diving for scallops is prohibited in Sea Urchin Districts 1 and 2 closed waters as defined in WAC 220-52-073
(1)(a)(i), (ii), (1)(b)(i), and (ii).
(ii) Licensing: A shellfish dive fishery license is the license required to take scallops with shellfish diver gear.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.020, 77.12.045, 77.12.047 and 50 C.F.R., Parts 223 and 224. 11-07-108 (Order 11-42), § 220-52-069, filed 3/23/11, effective 4/23/11. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.12.047. 00-17-108 (Order 00-153), § 220-52-069, filed 8/16/00, effective 9/16/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 75.08.080. 94-12-009 (Order 94-23), § 220-52-069, filed 5/19/94, effective 6/19/94; 93-15-051, § 220-52-069, filed 7/14/93, effective 8/14/93; 91-10-024 (Order 91-22), § 220-52-069, filed 4/23/91, effective 5/24/91; 87-15-022 (Order 87-69), § 220-52-069, filed 7/8/87; 86-08-056 (Order 86-14), § 220-52-069, filed 3/28/86; 84-08-014 (Order 84-24), § 220-52-069, filed 3/27/84; 82-03-045 (Order 82-6), § 220-52-069, filed 1/19/82; Order 807, § 220-52-069, filed 1/2/69, effective 2/1/69. Formerly WAC 220-52-060(7).]