European Flying Squid

(Todarodes sagittatus)

1. What is it?

European flying squid (Todarodes sagittatus) are short lived species that experience large, annual fluctuations in abundance and are potentially sensitive to environmental fluctuations. Stock status is largely uncertain; however, their life history traits indicate they are resilient to fishing pressure.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

European flying squid are caught using jigs. Jiggs are considered to be highly selective with a negligible impact on endangered threatened or protected species. Discards are considered to be low. Jigging has no direct impact on the benthic habitat.

3. Where is it from?

FAO 27

European flying squid are caught in (FAO 27) and imported into South Africa. Management is considered to be partly effective due to uncertainties surrounding the management of the stock.

FAO 34

European flying squid are caught in (FAO 34) and imported into South Africa. A management system is in place, but specific data concerning the management of European flying squid in the Eastern Central Atlantic (FAO 34) are not available. At this stage, it appears that European flying squid are not subject to any regulation, assessment or evaluation. .