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Squid European squid

Gear types: Vertical lines
Vessel types: Jigger vessels

OverviewIn the small-scale fisheries handlining and jigging, are employed seasonally from small boats, with light attraction, for catching squid. This fishing technique exploit feeding habit, response to attractive stimuli and sensorial performances of target species.Fishing GearSince squid jigging requires little modification to general handline gear it is well suited as a seasonal activity to supplement existing handline operations or any other traditional fishery. Jigs of various, makes and colour are attached to the handline at 70 to 90 cm intervals. Often as many as 8 to 12 jigs are on line, and many more are used on automated squid reeling system.Species EnvironmentA neritic, semi-pelagic species living in coastal waters and continental shelf in depth ranging from the surface to approximately 500 m. European squid is known to migrate vertically and horizontally in response to changes in environmental conditions.Fishing EnvironmentThis fishing technique is mainly used in coastal waters in Northern and Southern tropical regions.Fishing OperationsSquid handlines fishing most often takes place at night with bright overhead lights to attract the squid. The lines are lowered to 30 to 100 m depth depending on the strength of the lights used. It is important to keep the handlines moving constantly in the water. This is usually done by jerking the line, quickly pulling in the slack, jerking once again and so on, until all the line is back to the surface. The line is then thrown out and allowed to sink to the desired depth, and the same jerking motion is repeated over again.
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