Introducing the Market Squid Fishery

Written by on June 13, 2016 in Fish, Other News

Editor’s Note — This is a continuation of our collaboration with Follow Your Fish! Check out part 1 here.

Introducing the Market Squid Fishery

Fast Facts

  • 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)


Fishing for market squid. Photo courtesy of David Haworth.

Fishing for market squid. Photo courtesy of David Haworth.

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.

Fishing Season

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).

Fishing for market squid

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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