Officials blame the failure of a pen near Washington's Cypress Island on high tides caused by the eclipse, but that is being questioned.
While the state has a bountiful coastline it doesn't have easy access to kelp seed. Scientists are trying to incubate varieties that can be domestically farmed.
Catch shares allot fishermen a portion of the catch in advance, in hopes of keeping them from racing each other to sea, sometimes in risky climes.
Government officials, the seafood industry and food safety experts urge consumers to not fear contaminated seafood in the wake of the recent gulf oil spill.