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August 2, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Washington commission restricts octopus hunting

This photo taken by Mark Saiget of a diver with an octopus he hunted at Cove 2 in Alki has sparked outrage in the dive community and beyond, and a movement to designate the diving area as a state Marine Protected Area. Credit: Mark Saiget

This photo of a diver with an octopus near Alki Point sparked outrage in the dive community and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Mark Saiget)

UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously decided today to ban  giant Pacific octopus hunting across seven popular scuba sites in the Puget Sound. The rules, which take effect this fall, prohibit the activity at the following locations:

  • Redondo Beach in Des Moines.
  • Three Tree Point in Burien.
  • Seacrest Park Coves 1, 2, and 3 near Alki Point and the Alki Beach Junk Yard in West Seattle.
  • The Days Island Wall and an area next to Les Davis Fishing Pier in Tacoma.
  • Deception Pass north of Oak Harbor.

ORIGINAL POST:

OLYMPIA (AP) — Hunting giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound could be banned or restricted under regulations the state Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering at its meeting Friday and Saturday in Olympia.

The commission reviewed the rules after a diver killed an octopus last October in a popular diving area near Alki Point in Seattle.

The commission also is deciding whether to change rules to permanently allow ranchers and farmers in Eastern Washington to kill a wolf that is attacking their livestock.

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