Plunder for the Planet

Giant Pacific Octopus receives protection!

A new rule that provides additional protection for giant Pacific octopuses will take effect Oct. 6, when the recreational harvest of the species will be prohibited at seven popular scuba diving sites in Puget Sound.

Those dive sites include:

“Puget Sound is one of the most popular dive destinations in the nation, and giant Pacific octopuses are one of its main attractions,” said Craig Burley, fish management program manager for WDFW. “These new areas provide additional protection for the species and a greater chance for divers to see these fascinating animals.”

In August, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission considered options and voted to prohibit recreational harvest of the species at the seven dive sites.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) says the new rule provides more protection for the species and comes nearly a year after a scuba diver legally captured and killed one off Alki Point in West Seattle. That incident sparked a huge public outcry – prompting the WDFW to consider new harvesting regulations.

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See more information on the giant Pacific octopus rule making process and public comments received here.

SOURCE: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife 

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