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Posted 29 June 2004 - 06:39 PM

I found the following information at the California Department of Fish and Game website -
http://www.dfg.ca.go...2004.html#squid (current as at March 2004)

Market Squid

Market squid is one of the largest fisheries by volume and is believed to be one of the State’s most abundant living marine resources. Statewide landings in 2003 were estimated at 38,843 metric tons with an ex-vessel value of approximately $22.8 million.

Ex-vessel value increased by 25 percent from 2002 ($18.3) due to strong international demand for California squid. The average price for squid doubled from $0.14 per pound in 2002 to $0.28 per pound in 2003.

Most fishing for squid occurs at the Channel Islands of southern California (southern fishery) and in the Monterey Bay region of central California (northern fishery). The southern fishery season operates during the fall and winter while the northern fishery season takes place during the spring and summer.


I found the following information at
(current as of April 2004)

The current draft Market Squid Fishery Management Plan (MSFMP) is currently available via the web. Under the proposed timeline, the revised draft MSFMP will be presented to the Commission at the May 4-6, 2004 meeting in San Diego.

The MSFMP will establish a management program for California’s market squid resource with goals that are aimed at ensuring sustainability of the resource and reducing the potential for overfishing. The proposed tools to accomplish these goals include:

Establishing fishery control rules, including a seasonal catch limitation to prevent the fishery from over-expanding; continuing weekend closures, which provide for periods of uninterrupted spawning; continuing gear regulations regarding light shields and wattage used to attract squid, and maintaining monitoring programs designed to evaluate the impact of the fishery on the resource.

Instituting a restricted access program, including provisions for initial entry into the fleet, types of permits, permit fees, and permit transferability.

Establishing a general habitat closure area in northern California rarely used by the squid fishery to eliminate the potential of future negative interactions with seabirds, marine mammals, and important commercial and sport fishes; and adding limitations on using lights to attract squid around several of the Channel Islands, an effort intended to protect nesting seabirds.

The MSFMP has been developed under the provisions set forth by California’s Marine Life Management Act (MLMA), which became law in 1999. The MLMA created state policies, goals, and objectives to govern the conservation, sustainable use, and restoration of California’s living marine resources such as the squid resource.

Here is a link to the draft plan (it is split into chapters) -

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