California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Market Squid

  Current California Market Squid Landings

Catch limit for 4/1/15 – 3/31/16: 118,000 st.*

As of July 31, 2015, total landings of market squid are 14,016.5 st.*


As of July 24, 2015, total landings of market squid are 11,554.5 st.*

As of July 17, 2015, total landings of market squid are 7,529.9 st.*

As of July 10, 2015, total landings of market squid are 3,591.1 st.*

As of July 3, 2015, total landings of market squid are 824.9 st.*

As of June 26, 2015, total landings of market squid are 82.3 st.*

As of June 19, 2015, total landings of market squid are 82.3 st.*

As of June 12, 2015, total landings of market squid are 81.4 st.*

As of June 5, 2015, total landings of market squid are 16.6 st.*

As of May 29, 2015, total landings of market squid are 16.6 st.*

As of May 22, 2015, total landings of market squid are 16.6 st.*

As of May 15, 2015, total landings of market squid are 0.0 st.*

As of May 8, 2015, total landings of market squid are 0.0 st.*

As of May 1, 2015, total landings of market squid are 0.0 st.*

As of April 24, 2015, total landings of market squid are 0.0 st.*

As of April 17, 2015, total landings of market squid are 0.0 st.*

As of April 10, 2015, total landings of market squid are 0.0 st.*

As of April 3, 2015, total landings of market squid are 0.0 st.*

*All data are PRELIMINARY and subject to change

Market squid hovering over egg capsules. Photograph provided by Mark Conlin Photography.

 

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Market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens), range from southeastern Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. The commercial fishery for this squid is consistently one of California's largest commercial fisheries in both volume and revenue. Market squid are harvested for human consumption and as bait in recreational fisheries.

The fishery is managed by the State as directed by the Market Squid Fishery Management Plan, which has been in effect since 2005. The fishery uses either seine or brail gear that is usually combined with attracting lights to capture aggregations of adult squid spawning in shallow water, in areas over sandy substrate. Market squid have short life spans (they have been aged to 10 months), and are extremely sensitive to variable ocean conditions. They play an important role in the food chain as a key forage species for many predatory fish, mammals, and seabirds.

CDFW's Marine Region works to maintain the sustainability of the fishery by monitoring commercial landings and collecting biological information such as weight, length, sex, maturity, and age. CDFW also collaborates with other researchers and institutions to gather information to increase our understanding of squid biology.

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