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#1 SquidBiologist

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 06:45 AM

Hi Squid Jiggers!

I am a graduate student at the University of Washington, and I need your help in collecting data on Puget Sound squid for my research. I would like to get an idea of where the squid are located around the Sound at different times of the year, and roughly how many are present at these locations. Because you are all jigging around the Sound at different times of the year, you are an excellent resource for squid data.

If you are willing to help, please email me the following information after each of your squidding expeditions over the next year.

1. Date
2. Location
3. Number of squid caught
4. Number of hours you were jigging
5. Approximate sizes

Please send this information to squidbiologist@yahoo.com. I will post a website for this project in the near future as well. Also, please inform your fellow squid jiggers about this project. The more data I can gather the better!!

Thank you so much your help!!! Have fun squidding!!
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Posted 14 April 2005 - 09:04 AM

hi squidbiologist,

welcome to the forums.

if people are going to help you then they would probably appreciate knowing a bit more about yourself and which school you are studying in (within the University) and the objectives of your research and also the title of your project. Also, who is funding the research?

Cheers, Glen
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Posted 14 April 2005 - 05:23 PM

If you are wanting information on the Puget Sound area on here, you are probably best to start seeking the information more near squid season. Recently they have been hitting the seattle area as early as the end of June, and through the end of February. There are still some around after that, but the big schools from the spawning seem to come about July-December.

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#4 SquidBiologist

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 12:12 PM

Thank you very much for you responses, Glen and Jon. I had heard that squid move into Puget Sound as early as May, so I wanted to alert the fishers about my project as soon as possible. I will re-post my message closer to mid-June. Thanks for the tip!

Just to give you a bit more information about myself. I am a first-year PhD student in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington (UW). My research/graduate studies are funded by a grant awarded to my advisor. Before arriving to UW, I was working on a project for my master’s degree and I studied the role of squid in the food-web of the mid-Atlantic continental shelf ecosystem. I want to continue studying squid for my doctoral research because they are an important component in many marine food-webs, as both predators and prey. Currently, there is little known about squid in Puget Sound, and my goal is to collect some basic biological information that will improve our knowledge of these squid and our understanding of their role in the Puget Sound food-web.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or tips. Thanks!
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:36 AM

Hello SquidBiologist:

Sounds like a great animal for a thesis. I believe you will find squid in the Puget Sound region year round. For example, a few years back the squid were in thick in July in the upper Hood Canal by the shell fish lab. Unfortunately, fishing has been closed to squid, and the vast majority of other species, in the canal for over a year due to the low oxygen levels. We have many clients who squid fish the canal. I believe they are here year round and are doing different things during different times fo the year.

The earliest I've really went after squid was Aug. 1st. I caught squid without any problem. I'm just usually after salmon from June through September and find it hard to go after squid after getting up at 3:30 am for salmon fishing.

You can PM me or call us at Juicy Jigs™ Tackle Company and I can give you as much info as needed.

Happy Squid Fishing! :woot:
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