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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

The Giant Pacific Octopus is considered a delicacy and is also used as fishing bait. Octopus, like squid, collectively contribute to a 2.5-million-ton harvest in worldwide fisheries; creating interest in developing the commercial harvest in Alaska. Octopus has accounted for approximately 35,000 pounds of annual bycatch during the Lower Cook Inlet cod fishery. Octopus are generally caught using a string of pots or traps on a groundline, similar to long-line fishing. They can be caught in unbaited pots because they seek shelter in cavities.