Loligo squid. (Photo: Stock File)
Second loligo squid season leaves less than expected catches
Wednesday, November 08, 2017, 21:50 (GMT + 9)
Some 24,000 tonnes of loligo squid were caught in the second fishing season of the Falkland Islands, a volume that is well below the 39,425 tonnes recorded in the first season.
After the record catches of the first season it was speculated that the second season could become equally productive, and that this would cause a fall in prices. However, the fact that fishing did not offer the expected high results allowed a significant recovery of loligo squid prices.
In the opinion of the director of Natural Resources of the Falkland Islands, John Barton, 2017 has been "a good year" for the squid sector, despite the "unusual and surprising" challenge that involved having to deal with the mortality of sea lions during the second loligo season.
In this regard, Barton questioned the claims of some ship operators that the alterations required in the trawling procedures could have allowed the escape of some squid catches, since this would be difficult to verify without the use of underwater cameras.
Speaking to Penguin News, the director of Natural Resources said that pre-recruitment assessments conducted before the start of the second season had shown a reasonable abundance of loligo, but admitted that the restrictions imposed in the area could have had some impact on capture levels.