Follow Your Fish Step 2.5: The Journey Overseas

Written by on July 5, 2016 in Other News

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

Fast Facts

  • Most market squid is exported to China
  • Shipping market squid from California to China takes about 14 days
  • The one-way trip is more than 6,000 miles
Chinese cargo ship in California. Photo credit: Peter Potrowl, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Chinese cargo ship in California. Photo credit: Peter Potrowl, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Why is so much squid exported to China?

Shipping a product that’s consumed in the U.S. to another country for processing may seem a little absurd, but there are several reasons it’s done this way.

The first reason has to do with our preference for seafood that’s already been cleaned and cut. When market squid is sold whole at markets, only people who are comfortable working with the whole animal (or the ones who are feeling adventurous) will buy it. Let’s face it, cleaning squid can be intimidating to those who prefer easy fish fillets.

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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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