The Squid Are Back and Researchers Are Still Figuring Out Why
Squid have made a recent resurgence in Atlantic Canadian waters in what appears to be a little-understood boom and bust cycle.
According to Krista Baker, a research scientist at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the fluctuations in squid population have been well-noted for many years. She said that squid’s short lifespan of under a year, their highly migratory behaviour and their susceptibility to environmental factors seemed to have kept the population at low levels since the ...
Squid Fishery Making a Comeback in N.L.
The squid jigging grounds are providing a valuable fishery once again in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a landed value that has increased 10-fold from 2017 to 2019.
“It’s really a fishery that’s hard to predict. We’ve gone years and years with no landings whatsoever and in the last three years have had substantial landings, each year being better than the last,” said Robert Keenan, project manager with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW).
According to statistics ...
The Squid Return
Numerous Eastern Newfoundland ports witnessed the return of squid this past summer. Bay de Verde was one community where fishermen got their squid jiggers out of storage to haul up a few of the inky cephalopods.
Photos by Mark Blundon