California Squid Fishery Improvement Project


The 'Market Squid' Fishery in California

Loligo opalescens is fished by purse seine vessels along the coast of California from North to South.

Fishers target spawning squid because they die shortly after they reproduce (NOAA Fish Watch 2013). For more information go to How the Fishery Works.



The fishery is managed by the Fish and Game Commission of the California Department of Fish and Game under California's Marine Life Management Act.

The law requires that California market squid is managed with a fishing management plan.  The current plan was implemented in the 2005/6 fishing season.