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Octopus Harvesting Rulemaking Process

posted Apr 23, 2013, 3:54 PM by Unknown user
Back in October of last year (roughly), a gentleman legally harvested a Giant Pacific Octopus (GPO) from Cove Two, Alki Beach, West Seattle, Wa. There were a couple of other local divers in the area at the time and they took exception to the removal of a GPO from this particular spot. The “discussion” that followed, made its way to the newspaper and several local blogs and finally to the national media as the outrage toward this legal action grew.

If you are not familiar with the issues, please take some time to make yourself familiar. Then plan to attend:

WDFW has scheduled two workshops to solicit public input on the issue at the following locations and times:
  • Port Townsend, April 23 – 6 to 8 p.m., Cotton Building, 407 Water Street
  • Seattle Aquarium, April 24 – 6 to 8 p.m., 1483 Alaska Way, Pier 59
The public can find more information about the four options now under consideration and post comments online at http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/octopus/ through May 31.