Japanese Flying Squid

(Todarodes pacificus)

1. What is it?

Japanese Flying Squid (Todarodes pacificus) are short-lived species that experience highly erratic recruitment and wide fluctuations of abundance The Japanese flying squid, is one of the most heavily exploited squid species in the world. Stock status of Japanese flying squid is currently unknown and very difficult to predict.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Jigging

Japanese flying squid are caught using jigs. The impact of the fishery on Endangered, Threatened or Protected species is unknown. Bycatch is also uncertain but thought to be low as the fishery target dense schools of squids.

Midwater trawl

Japanese flying squid are also caught using midwater trawl nets. Midwater trawling takes place in the pelagic zone between the seabed and surfaces. The impact of midwater trawl nets on Endangered, Threatened and Protected species is unknown. Bycatch and discards within the fishery is also unknown but thought to be low. Impact of midwater trawl nets on the benthic habitat is minimal.

3. Where is it from?

Jigging

Japanese flying squid are caught along the continental shelf and upper slope waters, from north of Japan into the Sea of Okhotsk and in the North Pacific heading east (FAO 61). There is no management system in place and the lack of reliable fishery data raises some concern given the high level of fishing.

Midwater trawl

Japanese flying squid are caught along the continental shelf and upper slope waters, from north of Japan into the Sea of Okhotsk and in the North Pacific heading east (FAO 61). Management is considered to be marginally effective due to concerns surrounding the reliability of fishery data and the high level of fishing