Pinto Abalone Status Review

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Pinto Abalone Status Review

Post by taylortex » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:32 pm

ATTENTION PNW Divers!!! Please show your support for Washington's abalone, and spread the word.

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Also, please see the attached pdf.


Pinto abalone are iconic marine snails valued for their cultural importance, role in the marine ecosystem, beautiful shells, and as food. Despite a ban on harvest and the establishment of a captive breeding program, information available to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests that remnant populations are not reproducing in the wild and may be in peril of local extinction. WDFW is soliciting any available data on the species, and seeks public comment on a proposal to list the pinto abalone as a state endangered species. Please join us for a presentation at one of two initial public meetings listed below. Data and comments received at the meetings, through mail, via email, or over the phone will be summarized for a status review submitted to the Fish and Wildlife Commission. For more information contact our representative, or visit

Please consider attending one of the following public meetings:

December 4, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Maritime Center
431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

December 10, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Anacortes Public Library
1220 10th Street, Anacortes, WA 98221

Or, submit comments and questions to:

WDFW, Fish Program, attention: Michael Ulrich
P.O. Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200
(360) 902-2737
WDFW Ad_Pinto Abalone_Endangered Species Listing Proposal_Nov2018.pdf
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Re: Pinto Abalone Status Review

Post by Cmjstealth » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:11 am

I had a conflict and wasn't able to attend this meeting but curious if others did and there are any updates since then?

On the subject of pintos: if you have yet to find one in the wild (like me) point defiance has one in the touch tank of their fancy new aquarium. How often do you get the opportunity to pet and/or feed bits of kelp to an endangered species?

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Re: Pinto Abalone Status Review

Post by H20doctor » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:23 am

i have seen abalone in the san Juans .... but i would never disclose the location
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