Development of a northern Australian squid fishery
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD)
Squid are an increasing component in the reported byproduct of commercial prawn and finfish trawlers in northern Australian shelf waters and interest has been shown by Queensland and Northern Territory fishers in developing target fisheries for squid using jigs. In general, squid caught on jigs or in lift or other surround nets are of higher quality, larger size and, on overseas markets, fetch a much higher price than squid caught by trawling.
In support of developing squid jig fisheries and to provide management advice, this project aimed to consolidate and enhance our knowledge of their fisheries biology and suitable fishing methods for inshore squid in northern Australian waters.Keywords: inshore squid, developmental fisheries, jigging, tropical Australia, Loliginidae, Photololigo, Sepioteuthis
1. To document the known distribution and seasonal abundance of squid (loligo spp.) and northern calamary (Sepioteuthis)
2. To investigate species composition, seasonal size composition and basic life history characteristics of existing and potentially commercially important northern Australian squid resources
3. To undertake gear assessment/experimental fishing for squid using jigs under lights, lift nets and purpose designed squid trawls off southern and central Queensland in collaboration with commercial fishers
4. To assess the relative seasonal catch rates of squid at selected locations off southern and central Queensland in collaboration with commercial fishers