Commercial squid fishing is closing this weekend, but squid are still there in droves. The past two years have been incredible squid seasons. The quota was never even reached until last years mega haul. I’ve included an article that sheds light on the reasons behind this huge volume. Should more fishing be allowed? Here’s a great shot from the F/V Challenger as the season winds down.
Commercial squid fishermen are enjoying a banner year and have asked the California Fish and Game Commission to take emergency action and increase the quota for market squid.
The Commission was told Wednesday at its meeting in Santa Barbara that the squid will die whether they’re harvested or not. The Commission asked the Department of Fish and Game for an update on the harvest numbers and quota, and the Commission also asked the state’s Deputy Attorney General about the process for emergency regulations. Those details are expected to be worked out later today or at tomorrow’s conclusion of the two-day meeting in Santa Barbara.
Commissioner Richard Rogers, the chair of the panel, said there was a “mind-boggling bio mass” of squid. The commercial squid fishermen said the cold water event that exists off California has led to an explosion in all bait species, from krill to anchovies, sardines and squid. The “ocean is rich with fish right now,” one squid fisherman said. “There is a large krill population, and the squid are eating krill.” Fishermen believe the state’s quota for squid does not take into account boom years such as this one.
- Commercial Squid Fishing Heats Up In California (juneautek.wordpress.com)
- Commercial Fishing Viewpoints | F/V Anthony G Squid 2011 (juneautek.wordpress.com)
- Squid mystery in Mexican waters unraveled by Stanford biologist and a class of students (eurekalert.org)
- What effect removing so much krill will have on the rest of the food web (wiki.answers.com)