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Size limit change weighed for commercial ahi

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Fisheries regulators are considering a change in the size limit for commercial ahi.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources held their last in a series of meetings on that proposal and others in Kailua-Kona on Saturday.

Alton Miyasaka, acting commercial fisheries program manager for the division, said comments from other meetings favored increasing the minimum size from 3 pounds to something in the 5- to 10-pound range.

William Aila, chairman of Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources, said in a video shown at the meeting that it's in the interest of fishermen to allow yellowfin to mature into a larger, more valuable product.

West Hawaii Today reports regulators also are considering minimum size limits and daily bag limits for sportfishing.

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