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#1 harris444

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 10:43 AM

The potential sustainable world catch of all cephalopods from all continental shelves is estimated to be 8-12 million tonnes a year; if oceanic cephalopods are included, this figure is increased somewhere between 8 and 60 times. Much of this resource is unlikely to be fished commercially, because it is thinly scattered throughout the oceans, but nevertheless the cephalopods are believed to be a major and largely untapped source of marine protein.

Squid are found in waters all round the UK, and are landed in small amounts at most ports. The most prolific catching areas are south west Scotland, the Moray Firth, Rockall and Faroe. The squid fishery fluctuates from year to year, since in such a short lived species it is so much dependent on the success or failure of a particular breeding season. The squid fishery tends to be seasonal, coincident with the movement from deep water to inshore grounds. The fishing seasons are as follows.

North Sea, Moray Firth


September-November


Shetland


December-February


Rockall


June-August


Faroe, North west Scotland


All year, but most abundant in December


South west Scotland


October-December


English Channel


September-December

i was very surprised to hear the abundance in sw scotland because that is were i live and i hope some of this is usefull to anyone i certainly found the months usefull so i hope you do also. :)

Harris :th
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