Squid, Argentine Shortfin
(South America Atlantic, Wild-caught)
Insufficient population data as well as poor fisheries management in many high seas squid fisheries results in a "Good Alternative" ranking for the Argentine shortfin and the Japanese flying squid.
Almost one hundred species of squid are fished commercially, but of these, two species-- the Argentine shortfin and the Japanese flying squid--account for over half of all the squid consumed as calamari.
Most squid is caught using jigs or trawls, two types of gear that minimize bycatch. But, as with other high-seas fisheries, regulations often don't exist, or are rarely enforced and squid is being fished in ever greater numbers where other species have declined due to overfishing.
Without clear data on population size, and without effective management and enforcement measures, these squid species are considered a "Good Alternative."