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Bottomfishing around the islands starts today

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:55 a.m. HST, Sep 1, 2010

Fishermen are once again allowed to fish for opakapaka, onaga, and other bottomfish around the main Hawaiian islands as the new fishing year begins.

The bottomfish fishery was closed in April after the catch limit for the year was reached.

The new bottomfish fishing year begins today.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the proposed catch limit this year is 254,050 pounds. The number is expected to be finalized after it's published in the Federal Register.

The restrictions affect catches of onaga, ehu, opakapaka, kalekale, gindai, lehi and hapuupuu.

There are 12 areas around the main Hawaiian islands where bottomfishing is not allowed at any time. The department website has maps of restricted zones.

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