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#1 MikeKCT


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 08:57 AM

The Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council is holding a public meeting regarding squid management options.

I received this as an e-mail from the council and wanted to post it here in case anyone would be interested.


May 7, 2013 (302) 674-2331 (ext. 261)

Council to Discuss Squid Management with Fishing Industry at Upcoming Meetings

Narragansett, Rhode Island

Date: May 22, 2013

Time: 10 a.m.-noon (can go later if


Location: Superior Trawl- 55 State Street,

Narragansett, RI 02882

Cape May, New Jersey

Date: June 5, 2013

Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (can go later if


Location: Congress Hall Hotel- 29 Perry

St, Cape May, NJ 08204, (888) 944-1816.

The Council has scheduled two public meetings to talk with members of the fishing industry about options for

improving management of the longfin and Illex squid fisheries. The meetings will build on input provided by

fishermen, processors, scientists, and managers during a Squid Management Workshop held in January 2013. The

workshop focused on options for implementing responsive harvest strategies in the squid fisheries. The Council is

seeking additional industry input on responsive harvest strategies as well as general concerns and

recommendations for improving squid management. A full summary and additional materials from the workshop

are available at: http://www.mafmc.org/workshop/squid-management-workshop-january-2013.

Those who are unable to attend the meetings may also submit comments through our website at:


These meetings are not associated with a specific action or proposed amendment, but comments provided during

the meetings will be considered by the Council during future discussions of squid management, including the June

2013 Council meeting when 2014 specifications are approved.


Both squid stocks are currently managed with annual catch quotas, and the longfin squid quota is partitioned into

trimester quotas to distribute landings throughout the year. Although longfin squid landings have only exceeded

the annual quota once, the high frequency of trimester closures during periods of high squid abundance has

prompted industry concerns and requests for more responsive management approaches.

The term “responsive harvest strategies” includes a broad spectrum of management approaches that account for

seasonal and year-to-year fluctuations of a stock. Implementation of a responsive harvest strategy in the squid

fisheries could potentially help avoid in-season closures without having adverse impacts on the stock. However,

these strategies can also be data intensive and challenging to implement effectively. Participants in the squid

management workshop noted that changes in management can have uneven impacts on different locations and

different types of vessels and recommended that the Council seek broader input from the fishing industry before

considering any management changes.

Please direct questions to Jason Didden, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and

Butterfish, through email (jdidden@mafmc.org) or telephone (302) 526-5254.
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 03:15 AM

all squid have decided to scratch Newport off there list of sites to visit
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#3 JasonD



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Posted 10 May 2013 - 03:34 AM

Thanks for posting this - I was going to do the same. These meetings are focused on the commercial fishery but we're happy to get input from recreational squidders as well. Right now the Council sets an annual quota for longfin squid (the species that is encountered inshore) that is expected to be sustanable (22,049 mt or a bit less than 50 million pounds) and it is believed that the recreational catch is very small compared to the overall quota. The main fishing survey on the East Coast doesn't collect invertebrate data so it's hard to know exactly...

Good squidding,

Jason Didden
Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish
(302) 526-5254 (direct)
(302) 397-1131 (cell)
(302) 674-5399 (fax)
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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:07 PM

Wow Jason! I had no idea that anyone from the council was on the site. My apologies if I over stepped.
I did understand that the meetings are more geared toward the commercial side but thought that there might be somebody here that would be interested to attend.
Regardless it is great to have you here and I look forward to any other info you would like to share.
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Posted 11 May 2013 - 03:11 AM

No worries - people spereading the word on meetings like this can get the word out better than anything else!

The Council is currently gearing up for setting 2014 specifications and there is a lot of info linked on this page: http://www.mafmc.org.../2013/april-may. The fishery informational document and the NEFSC Biological Update under Longfin Squid summarize what we know about longfin squid (used to be called Loligo but some taxonomists decided to confuse everybody and chage the name to Doryteuthis (Amerigo) pealeii). The link to last years process, http://www.mafmc.org...etings/may-2012, also has recent assessments posted, which have lots of background info, but the upshot is that we know the squids are highly variable but we don't understand the patterns, but it doesn't look like fishing has caused any major problems so far for squid.

There is some developing work on trying to assess the squid population in real time, which was the focus of the workshop we ran in January 2013 (http://www.mafmc.org...op-january-2013). The Falklands Islands presentation at that link gives a good overview of what I think is the only true real-time assessment and management of squid that exists.

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