(U.S. Atlantic, Trawl)
Longfin and shortfin squid fished in U.S. waters are "Good Alternatives" due to concerns over the bycatch of loggerhead sea turtles.
Common Squid, Boned Squid
Longfin squid are available fresh and frozen year-round. Shortfin squid are also available frozen most of the year, but are only available fresh in the summer and fall.
The main fishing gear used in the shortfin and longfin squid fisheries is bottom trawl which results in the bycatch of loggerhead sea turtles-- whose populations have been in decline over the last few years. Although the number of loggerheads caught in the squid fishery is relatively low, it must be considered in the context of cumulative impact of all fisheries that are catching these endangered species.
At this time, there are no obvious management measures in place to reduce turtle bycatch.