Patagonian Squid

(Dorytheutis gahi / Loligo gahi)

1. What is it?

Patagonian squid (Dorytheutis gahi) are short-lived species with a life span of 1 year. This species generally has a low vulnerability to fishing pressure. Stock levels are considered to be appropriate and current fishing practices do not threaten the stock.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Patagonian squid are also caught using demersal otter trawls. Trawl nets are dragged along the ocean floor at different depths. The impact of the fishery on Endangered, Threatened or Protected (ETP) species is uncertain. Bycatch and discards range from low to moderate. The fishery is known to impact benthic habitats.

3. Where is it from?

Patagonian squid are caught mainly around the Falkland Islands but are found along the south coast of South America from southern Peru to northern Argentina. Management is considered to be partly effective due to a lack of information regarding the impact on ETP species and benthic habitats. There are also concerns surrounding poor levels of cooperation between Argentina and Falkland Islands (UK).