2015-2016 Commercial Market Squid Season Opens April 1

Market squid mating over an egg bed

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces that the 2015-2016 commercial fishing season for market squid will open coastwide in California on Wednesday April 1, 2015 for restricted access permit holders. The commercial market squid season runs from April 1 through March 31 of the following year and has a seasonal catch limit of 118,000 short tons.

In California, the market squid fishery has been one of the largest fisheries in the state in terms of tonnage and value since the 1990s. In 2013, market squid was the largest fishery in terms of volume and the second largest in value, with over 115,000 short tons landed at a value of approximately $73.7 million. Preliminary reports for 2014 indicate that at least 114,600 short tons of market squid were landed, at a value of over $67.7 million. This again makes market squid the largest commercial fishery in the state of California by volume and the second largest in terms of value for 2014.

CDFW’s Coastal Pelagic Species – Highly Migratory Species Project works to maintain the sustainability of the fishery by monitoring commercial landings and through a sampling program, which collects biological information from squid landed in California.

For more information on previous years’ catch information, please visit CDFW’s commercial market squid landing receipt data web page or CDFW’s commercial market squid logbook data web page.

For more information about market squid research and management, please visit CDFW’s market squid web page.

Post by Anna Holder, CDFW Environmental Scientist ♦ CDFW file photo