Council to Discuss Squid Management with Fishing Industry at Upcoming Meetings

or Immediate Release:
May 7, 2013

ress Contact: Mary Clark
(302) 674-2331 (ext. 261)

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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 on the Squid Management Workshop page. 

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

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.

Meeting Information

Narragansett, Rhode Island
Date: May 22, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.-noon (can go later if necessary)
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 necessary)
Location: Congress Hall Hotel- 29 Perry St, Cape May, NJ 08204, (888) 944-1816


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.