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Subtidal Farm Site Harvest Requirements
Security Requirements for Wild Stock Restoration
An aquatic farm operation permit holder who harvests wild stock geoducks from an aquatic farm site must provide proof that the site has been reseeded where the wild stock geoducks were harvested, within one year after the harvest. The reseeding must be a ratio of at least five hatchery produced geoduck spat planted for one wild geoduck harvested. The number of geoducks to be reseeded is based on the fish ticket data from the landing of wild stock geoducks.
Proof of reseeding must include:
- a completed reseeding form,
- a bill of sale from a state approved hatchery showing purchase of geoduck spat that includes the number and size of geoduck spat shipped and the name of the permit holder that spat was shipped to,
- an approved transport permit from a hatchery or nursery showing the transport of six millimeter spat or larger to the aquatic farm site,
- a timed, stamped digital video showing placement of spat and properly secured predator exclusion devices approved for use at the farm site,
- the GPS coordinates of the area planted.
An aquatic farm operation permit holder that fails to provide proof of fully reseeding the aquatic farm site within one year of harvest must establish a certificate of deposit or security bond in an amount necessary to cover the cost of reseeding. The certificate of deposit or security bond will be returned, if the permit holder provides proof of reseeding.