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Fishing for Octopus: A Guide for Commercial Fishermen.

"Fishing for Octopus, a Guide for Commercial Fishermen" by Brian C. Paust is another utilitarian handbook published by the Alaska Sea Grant Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99775-5040. It is, in short, a practical review of biological and fishing information keyed primarily to Octopus dofleini, but which also gives tips useful for catching other species. In Alaska, some octopus is sold for food, but much of the catch goes for halibut longline bait. In other areas, octopus is sought for certain ethnic food markets or even for export.

Paust reviews octopus biology and life history, harvest and use worldwide, octopus fishing strategies, and fishing gear selection. Discussed is his Alaska octopus fishing investigation and its results; listed also are persons who can provide further information and economic factors facing development of an octopus fishery. Methods of handling and dressing octopus on small vessels are included along with a list of selected references. Published as Report No. 88-3, the 48-page paperbound manual costs $5.00.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
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Date:Jun 22, 1989
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