Blue Ocean Institute

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Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating. Squid, European & Veined (Ika)

European and Veined Squid are found in the northeast Atlantic Ocean, with Veined Squid more common in northern areas and European Squid most abundant in southern areas. Both species grow fast and become sexually mature within one year.

Spawning is considered intermittent and terminal for both species, meaning a squid lays several batches of eggs over several months and then dies.  European and Veined Squid are especially vulnerable to changes in environmental conditions like water temperature during their entire lifetime.

Catches of both squid species are combined, so we don’t know what proportion each one represents. Overall, there is little information on their abundance, but squid landings do vary over time.

One of the main gear types used to catch European and Veined Squid is bottom trawl, which can damage the seafloor.

Full species report here.