Bottomfishing season officially open

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources says bottomfishing season is officially open Thursday.

According to DLNR, the six-month ban was implemented to protect the "Deep 7 Group," a group of prized bottom fish including the onaga, opakapaka and ehu.

The fishing season will close once the 325,000 pound catch limit is met, or on Aug. 31, 2012.

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