February 7, 2007
I enjoyed the article on squid ["Lights, Nets, Action," by Russ Parsons, Jan. 31]. Thought you might like to know that the arrival of the squid is also a big deal for local scuba divers. The ocean bottom in places like Veterans Park in Redondo Beach is covered with egg cases and dying squid, which attracts all sorts of animals looking for a free meal. AL LAUBENSTEIN Rancho Palos Verdes I enjoyed your article, but I object to a couple of things. First, you call squid an "almost infinite" resource but there are dozens of examples from recent history of species that seemed infinite at one time, yet the people making this claim clearly underestimated man's ability to hunt/fish/kill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1999 |
A slumping Asian economy has sent squid prices falling to near-record lows, prompting some Ventura County squid fishers to back off from the harvest for now. Squid, which sold for as much as $800 a ton at its peak, is now selling between $200 and $300 a ton--if fishermen can find a buyer at all. Although prices have tumbled in the past, some fishermen here and around the state complain that current prices do not reflect demand for the product.
June 1, 2007 |
The barracuda mystery was solved in a day. The popular game fish flooded into Santa Monica Bay last Friday, thrilling holiday weekend anglers. They all but vanished Monday. Tuesday, fishermen dropping lures intended for 10-pound barracuda instead latched onto 30- to 40-pound Humboldt squid. "I don't know if it's a coincidence or what," said Rick Oefinger, owner of Marina del Rey Sportfishing. "But we had a big jag of barracuda out there and on Monday there weren't any left."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1999 |
California environmental officials, fed up with an Oxnard company they say is dumping waste water laden with scummy squid parts into Port Hueneme Harbor, announced Thursday they have levied a $19,900 fine against Sun Coast Calamari. The fine is believed to be the first ever imposed on a fishing company for a water pollution infraction in California.
January 21, 1996 |
With an anguished metallic cry, a winch slowly pulls a shimmering black net teeming with squid aboard the Heavy Duty. Giant light bulbs visible for miles illuminate the evening's catch: 25 tons of silvery squid that in a matter of hours will be chopped into calamari bound for overseas markets. "The boat's leaning now!" yells a crew member, as the metal winch strains to hoist the heavy load alongside the 58-foot vessel.
December 10, 1991 |
Fishing for squid is nowhere near as glamorous as hooking salmon or harpooning swordfish, but Anthony Russo enjoys a freedom claimed by few other commercial fishermen. Since mid-October, Russo, his two brothers and a five-man crew have been plowing the seas off Ventura County reaping one of the ocean's most abundant and mysterious creatures--and one of the few species that remain virtually unregulated by the state Department of Fish and Game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2012 |
As the sun sets over the ocean, the six crewmen on the Cape Blanco are starting a long night's work off the far side of Santa Catalina Island, putting on orange slickers and hard hats to fish for the milky white mollusks that have become California's most valuable catch. Below the gentle waves off the side of the boat swims an immense school of market squid. Capt. Nick Jurlin, pacing impatiently with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, is eager to pull in as much of it as possible.
February 21, 1990 |
Several small boats are clumped together in one area of an otherwise deserted stretch of sea, the fishermen expressionless as they use their hands in a sweeping motion to pull their lines from the depths. At first sight, a normal looking scene. But upon closer inspection, it becomes obvious that these fishermen are hauling up slithering globs of something red and rubbery. Cephalopods! It's squid, as unsettling a creature as there is in all creation. Some go four feet long and weigh 40 pounds.
February 8, 1991 |
For the die-hard angler who can't wait for the summer fishing season to begin, Charlie Davis has a suggestion. Try squid fishing. It's fun. It's easy. And the time is right. Every winter thousands of squid can be found in the local waters off Orange County and near Catalina, says Davis, who is a legendary Orange County fisherman and author of "Hook Up," an angling guide now in its 11th printing.
August 4, 1990 |
Hundreds of squid carried by unusually warm currents and strong surf washed ashore Friday along some of the most popular surfing and sunbathing beaches in San Diego and southern Orange counties. "I've seen little squid before, a few dead seals, but never anything like these," said Israel Paskowitz, 27, a champion surfer whose family runs a surfing school at San Onofre State Park.