Ochre Sea Star

Photo Credit: Roy Lowe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


  • Species Common Name Ochre Sea Star
  • Species Scientific Name Pisaster ochraceus


Special needs

Ochre sea stars occur only in rocky intertidal and shallow subtidal habitat in nearshore and estuarine waters.

Limiting factors

Larval supplies and episodic recruitment affect abundance and distribution. Sea star wasting syndrome is a further threat to this species.

Conservation actions

Monitor status of populations at index sites and conduct periodic checks for continued or new occurrences of sea star wasting. Gather information to fill data gaps. Manage for sustainable harvest.