Another night out under the lights. Here we have the F/V Seawave on the north end on Monteray Bay. The seiner is waiting for the light boat to build up squid and bring them to the surface. Sadly, it could be a long wait. Squid season has been a struggle this year with the warmer waters off the the California coast. Only time will time the outcome of this year's fishery. Good luck to all the other vampire fishermen out there. Best I can say, is that they are still coming. Of course, I thought there would be salmon in southeast Alaska this summer too!
The Alaskan salmon season is quickly approaching as boats prepare for the huge flood of pinks this year. The Madre Is looking good this year in Bellingham. I've always loved the name of the vessel. Loosely translated, it comes out to be the Mother Of All Destruction. At least, that's what I've heard over the years. Google translate pulls up “Sorowful Mother.” Either way it's a great name for a boat. Good luck to all the fishermen traveling north this season.
Here's another shot from Friday's unload of squid in Ventura, CA. You can see the rain clouds building in the distance. It actually dumped buckets of rain that afternoon.
The first squid of the season stirred quite a bit of ruckus in Ventura Harbor this morning. The Ocean Angel III brought in about 20 tons of beautiful little Loligo. However, the thrill quickly subsided when the pumps started rolling out 19 count squid, which means it takes 19 squid to equal one pound. Basically, the squid are too small to bring in a decent price.
The squid season opened April 1st and typically deliveries start around the middle of May. The big concern this season is that the water temps are all wrong for a productive season. In general, there is a lot of apprehension this year. The squid fishery has a recent trend of highly productive seasons, where the quota was easily caught before the end of the year. In fact the first time the quota was ever caught was in 2010 and it's been easily mopped up every season since. The season still has a long way to go, but it's nice to see a start to squid seining.
Yes, that is the Pacific Pursuit! The name just changed this spring to the F/V Erin Carroll. This vessel is one of the nicer super seiners in the California fleet. The tophouse is completely surrounded in glass, offering some of the best wrap around visibility of any vessel. The rest of the boat is just as flawless and the drum seine smoothes out the entire operation. Local commercial fishermen are preparing their boats for the 2015 squid season which opened on April 1st. No squid deliveries have been made as of yet. However, last year's delivery was around the end of May. So, let's hope that squid is just around the corner.
While many people are recently hopping into the eat local and sustainable vibe, Ventura Fish Company maintains a steady presence at Ventura Harbor Village. During the fishing season, the Ventura II rolls into the harbor once a month and offers incredibly fresh local seafood to eager foodies at the docks. I have to say the smoked Opah is incredible! Just check www.venturafishcompany.com for the latest updates on their next harbor visit. Also, Andria’s Seafood Market offer a variety of fresh daily delights from the sea in their restaurant or retail store on a daily basis for those urgent seafood needs. #eatmoreseafood
Now that we where to to buy them, let’s take a look at how they are caught. This is raw footage of the Ventura II at sea during the 2013 season. Also, I’m sure some readers are curious about the sustainability of the fishery, so I have included a nice Infographic after the video to help inform and educate.
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I found some local Christmas cheer in the Fishermen's Terminal this season on a recent trip thru Ballard. Kudos to the M/V Maximo for going the distance on the Christmas spirit. Happy Holidays!
The squid season is California is wrapping up after another banner year. This would the the 5th consecutive year that the entire quota of 118,000 tons has been caught early. Even with the El Niño trends, squid still seems to be thriving in the waters off of Caifornia. Here's a nice panorama shot as we were crusing off of Mugu Canyon.