Squid, Argentine (Ika)
Argentine Squid constitute much of the US imported squid supply. They reproduce and die quickly, often within one year, a lifecycle that potentially buffers them from heavy fishing pressure.Changes in environmental conditions influence their population sizes from year-to-year.
South American and Asian distant-water jigging vessels dominate the fishery, which mainly occurs off the coasts of Argentina and the Falkland Islands and in international waters.
Little is known about bycatch in Argentine Squid fisheries, except that it includes small numbers of other squid species and finfish.