Editor’s Note — This is a continuation of our collaboration with Follow Your Fish! Check out part 1 here.
Introducing the Market Squid Fishery
- Seasonal catch limit: 118,000 short tons (107,048 metric tons)
- So far this year, there have been only 540.0 tons landed (as of June 3)
There are two major fishing areas in California: northern and southern. The northern fishery is located primarily in Monterey Bay. The southern fishery has a larger range, spanning the coast from Point Conception to southern La Jolla, including the Channel Islands.
Fishermen target adult market squid during the spawning season. Since squid are terminal spawners (link to background post), this means they are only caught at the end of their natural lifecycle. Spawning events occur from April to October in the northern range, and from October to April or May in the southern range, making fishing a year-round opportunity (until the quota is reached).
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