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Market squid /

Pacific cold-water squid

Doryteuthis (Loligo) opalescens

Doryteuthis (Loligo) opalescens is more commonly known as the market squid. In some countries it is described as 'California cold-water squid'. It is a small squid that has a distribution extending from the Baja Peninsula, Mexico north to British Colombia, Canada.

Doryteuthis opalescens has 8 arms and 2 tentacles.  This species of squid moves up and down in the water column over a 24 hour (diel) period.

On average females have a mass of 90 g (mantle length (ml) of 17 cm) and males 130 g ( ml of 19cm). 

Due to their short life span (4 to 9 months) a population can replace itself annually.  The California Department of Fish and Game monitor the fishery and set strict guidelines for the fishing of this species including establishing seasonal catch limit and setting strict permit requirements. 

Squid are fresh frozen and sold in units of 10 kg.


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