Species profile : Loligo pealei (LeSueur), the longfin squid
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Species profile : Loligo pealei (LeSueur), the longfin squid
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    Loligo pealei (LeSueur), the longfin squid
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    "Commercial squid fisheries exist along the California and northeastern Atlantic coasts of the United States. While the potential for a commercial squid fishery may exist off the southeastern United States and northern Gulf of Mexico, the size of available squid stocks in these waters is still unknown (Voss 1960, 1971, 1973; Rathjen et al. 1977, 1979.) Relatively little research has been directed specifically toward developing a squid fishery in the southeastern region. Whitaker (1980) conducted squid surveys off the southeastern United States (Cape Fear, NC to Cape Canaveral, FL). Other studies of L. pealei in this area were conducted by LaRoe (1967) and Cohen (1976). Hixon et al. (1980a) studied the commercial potential for a squid fishery off Texas. Cooperative U.S./Japan squid surveys were conducted in the northern Gulf of Mexico in 1984 and 1985 (NISSHIN MARU No. 201 Cruise Reports 1 and 2, 1984-1985). In-situ observations of squid distribution have also been made on the northwest Florida shelf (Vecchione and Gaston 1985). Although the studies were not optimistic for squid fishery development in these areas, Hixon (1980a) noted that the magnitude of the possible squid stocks is Onknown. No comprehensive effort has been made to generate squid biomass or standing stock estimates for the northern Gulf of Mexico, and overall, squid stocks remain an uncertain Gulf fishery resource"--Introduction, paragraphs 1-2.
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