Waters off the western coast of South America are home to a high-profile fishery that attracts both local coastal fishers as well as distant water fleets: the jumbo squid.

The jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas) is the most abundant cephalopod species in the Southeast Pacific Ocean, ranging from the North American coast to southern Chile. This elusive creature reaches up to 3 meters in length and weighs up to 50 kilograms.

Effective monitoring is vital for the sustainable management of jumbo squid. Transparency around vessel information can help drive more informed and equitable fishing policies, and it can also help identify risks of noncompliance.

Global Fishing Watch harnesses cutting-edge technology to analyze the jumbo squid fishery in the Southeast Pacific Ocean, aiming to support monitoring, control, and surveillance efforts and better understand the fleets’ behaviors and footprint.

The story of jumbo squid

Jumbo Squid Fishery in Southeast Pacific Waters

Our analysis of the 2020 squid season reveals the true scope of fishing activity in the Pacific waters off South America.

Key Facts about the 2020 Squid Season

2021 Squid Season

Keep track of the distant water squid fleet in 2021 with our situation reports. Between July and October, we will publish a series of reports that will review the spatial and temporal distribution of the fleet, fishing effort, encounters, loitering events, and port visits, as well as the identification of a possible dark fleet.

June 30 2021
July 15 2021

Transparency can help create a more accurate global picture of apparent fishing effort to support scientific research on stock health and distributions. With the right information, we can accelerate science and help drive fairer, smarter policies that protect fisheries and those whose livelihoods depend on them.

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