Squid are cephalopods, a class which comprises around 300 species. They are strong swimmers and certain species can 'fly' for short distances out of the water. Squid are caught at night by attracting them with light.

Species information

Commercial name Squid
Scientific name Loligo vulgaris, Illex argentinus, Todarodes pacificus
Famliy Loliginidae, Ommastrephidae
Catch area Pacific Ocean
Catch method Jig gear and trawling
Catch season Loligo: December-March - Illex: April-June - Todarodes: September-December
Estimated volume/year 2.065.329 T (all squid species, incl, Dosidicusgigas). FAO’09
Available as Cleaned tubes, tentacles or rings; chilled (cooked) and frozen (blanched or cooked) as part of a seafood mix.
Available sizes Tubes: U-5 up to 5-7 pcs/kg - Tentacles: 60-80 pcs/kg - Rings: cut from tubes of 60-80 pcs/kg
Sustainability details So far, there are no squid fisheries with a sustainability certification. Squid are a dynamic species and populations tend to fluctuate drastically from year to year. Pelagic jig gear fisheries have a low ecological impact.
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