Our Mission

The Shellfish Department of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians strives to maximize and optimize the shellfish harvest rights secured through the Treaty of Medicine Creek. The department is tasked with protecting the habitats and populations of shellfish while providing a safe environment for the purpose of commercial, ceremonial and subsistence fishing opportunities for tribal members.

Department Resources


June 2024 buyers list
Posted on: June 18, 2024


26D Commercial Dungeness Closure 2024
Posted on: May 8, 2024

26D Commercial Dungeness Regulation 2024
Posted on: April 18, 2024

2024 region 6 winter crab survey
Posted on: February 6, 2024

26D Subsistence Dungeness crab
Posted on: December 15, 2023

Blair Waterway and Saltchuk Site Crab Survey
Posted on: March 21, 2022

Red Rock Crab (Cancer Productus) Width/Length Analysis
Posted on: March 3, 2017

Escape Ring Experiments
Posted on: January 7, 2017

Crabber Educational Brochure
Posted on: September 1, 2016

Region 7 Map for Crabbers
Posted on: August 30, 2016

Region 6 Map for Crabbers
Posted on: August 30, 2016


26D commercial Sea Cucumber closing 11/9/23
Posted on: November 9, 2023

2023-24 Commercial Sea Cucumber Regulation
Posted on: December 13, 2022

Titlow Beach Sea Cucumber No Harvest Area
Posted on: September 1, 2016

Hale Pass Sea Cucumber Refuge Closure
Posted on: September 1, 2016

Drug Testing

August 2024 drug testing
Posted on June 3, 2024

Drug tests are required during the month of August 2024 for commercial dive harvesters. Please see drug testing facility info below. Best times to visit are 2-5pm. Busiest time for testing is 12-1pm.

Do not disclose any prescription medications you may be taking at the time of your drug test. If a prescription medication is causing a positive test, you will need to verify the prescription at a later time.

Fastest Labs Tacoma
2115 S 56th St #105
Tacoma, WA 98409
(253) 201-3223
M-F 9am-5pm


2024-2025 first half geoduck permitting

2024-25 First half commercial geoduck permits will be issued at the shellfish office March 25th – 29th, from 10am to 3pm (including lunch hour).  If you cannot appear during these times, contact the department and an appointment can be made to accommodate your schedule.

To be eligible to receive a permit you will need:

  1. Current dive physical (issued on or after 4/1/2023)
  2. Current CPR/first aid certification (issued on or after 4/1/2022)
  3. Passing UA test results
  4. Puyallup Tribal fisher ID card with current yearly sticker on back (’23-’24) or newer
  5. Shellfish Department issued ID card
  6. No current court ordered suspensions or fines

There is a $25 fee for lost Shellfish Department ID cards.

Permits issued after 4/1/24 will require dive physicals and CPR/first aid certifications to be current on the day the permit is issued.

Save time and headaches: Call and verify your eligibility status before coming to the shellfish office for a permit (253) 573-7992.

Fauntleroy ’24 first half regulation
Posted on: April 1, 20224

Geoduck Harvest Sustainability Forecast
Posted on: February 26, 2024

Fauntleroy ’23-’24 second half regulation
Posted on: October 10, 2023

Fox Island ’23-’24 first half regulation
Posted on: May 18, 2023

Fauntleroy South Geoduck Tract Map
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Lisabuela Geoduck Tract Map
Posted on: March 28, 2019

Geoduck Harvest Forecast Presentation
Posted on: March 26, 2019

Geoduck Harvester Trainee Dive Log Form
Posted on: March 15, 2019

Middle Fox Island Geoduck Tract Map
Posted on: June 21, 2018

Seahurst Geoduck Tract Map
Posted on: February 15, 2018

Geoduck Harvest Training Policy
Posted on: February 13, 2018

Maury Island tract map
Posted on: June 2, 2017

Still Harbor Geoduck Map
Posted on: September 1, 2016

How to Become a Geoduck Diver
Posted on: September 1, 2016

  • Surface supplied air dive training:
    • Skookum Diving, Jake Johnston: (360) 463-0616
    • Hoodsport n Dive, Darnell Foskett: (360) 489-9005

Shellfish Code

Shellfish Code
Posted on: September 13, 2016


Spot Shrimp 2024 close
Posted on: May 13, 2024

Spot Shrimp 2024
Posted on: April 15, 2024



’23-’24 commercial green urchin regulations
Posted on: November 8, 2023