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Market Squid

Market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens), range from southeastern Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. The commercial fishery for this squid is consistently one of California's largest commercial fisheries in both volume and revenue. Market squid are harvested for human consumption and as bait in recreational fisheries.

The fishery is managed by the state as directed by the Market Squid Fishery Management Plan, which has been in effect since 2005. The fishery uses either seine or brail gear that is usually combined with attracting lights to capture aggregations of adult squid spawning in shallow water, in areas over sandy substrate. Market squid have short life spans (they have been aged to 10 months), and are extremely sensitive to variable ocean conditions. They play an important role in the food chain as a key forage species for many predatory fish, mammals, and seabirds.

CDFW's Marine Region works to maintain the sustainability of the fishery by monitoring commercial landings and collecting biological information such as weight, length, sex, maturity, and age. CDFW also collaborates with other researchers and institutions to gather information to increase our understanding of squid biology.

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Market squid hovering over egg capsules. Photograph provided by Mark Conlin Photography.


Current California Market Squid Landings

Catch limit for 4/1/16 – 3/31/17: 118,000 st.

All data are PRELIMINARY and subject to change

As of February 21, 2017 total landings of market squid are 41,773.2 st.


Prior 2016-17 Landings Totals

As of February 10, 2017, total landings of market squid were 41,765.9 st.

As of February 3, 2017, total landings of market squid were 41,753.3 st.

As of January 27, 2017, total landings of market squid were 41,708.4 st.

As of January 20, 2017, total landings of market squid were 41,538.9 st.

As of January 13, 2017, total landings of market squid were 41,388.6 st.

As of January 6, 2017, total landings of market squid were 41,045.5 st.

As of December 30, 2016, total landings of market squid were 40,157.6 st.

As of December 23, 2016, total landings of market squid were 39,076.7 st.

As of December 16, 2016, total landings of market squid were 37,879.3 st.

As of December 9, 2016, total landings of market squid were 35,604.4 st.

As of November 28, 2016, total landings of market squid were 34,432.3 st.

As of November 18, 2016, total landings of market squid were 34,121.0 st.

As of November 10, 2016, total landings of market squid were 33,501.6 st.

As of November 4, 2016, total landings of market squid were 30,982.8 st.

As of October 28, 2016, total landings of market squid were 30,695.2 st.

As of October 21, 2016, total landings of market squid were 30,505.5 st.

As of October 14, 2016, total landings of market squid were 30,359.0 st.

As of October 7, 2016, total landings of market squid were 28,399.2 st.

As of September 30, 2016, total landings of market squid were 28,194.5 st.

As of September 23, 2016, total landings of market squid were 25,380.4 st.

As of September 16, 2016, total landings of market squid were 25,407.4 st.

As of September 9, 2016, total landings of market squid were 25,571.1 st.

As of September 2, 2016, total landings of market squid were 23,706.2 st.

As of August 26, 2016, total landings of market squid were 21,386.9 st.

As of August 19, 2016, total landings of market squid were 20,226.5 st.

As of August 12, 2016, total landings of market squid were 19,632.1 st.

As of August 5, 2016, total landings of market squid were 18,228.5 st.

As of July 29, 2016, total landings of market squid were 15,287.9 st.

As of July 22, 2016, total landings of market squid were 13,258.5 st.

As of July 15, 2016, total landings of market squid were 10,941.0 st.

As of July 8, 2016, total landings of market squid were 8,928.6 st.

As of July 1, 2016, total landings of market squid were 6,538.5 st.  

As of June 24, 2016, total landings of market squid were 4,393.4 st.  

As of June 17, 2016, total landings of market squid were 2,688.7 st.  

As of June 10, 2016, total landings of market squid were 1,612.2 st.  

As of June 3, 2016, total landings of market squid were 540.0 st. 

As of May 27, 2016, total landings of market squid were 278.7 st.  

As of May 20, 2016, total landings of market squid were 120.6 st.

As of May 13, 2016, total landings of market squid were 0.0 st.

As of May 6, 2016, total landings of market squid were 0.0 st. 

As of April 29, 2016, total landings of market squid were 0.0 st. 

As of April 22, 2016, total landings of market squid were 0.0 st.  

As of April 15, 2016, total landings of market squid were 0.0 st.

As of April 8, 2016, total landings of market squid were 0.0 st.

As of April 1, 2016, total landings of market squid were 0.0 st.