Here's another shot from Friday's unload of squid in Ventura, CA. You can see the rain clouds building in the distance. It actually dumped buckets of rain that afternoon.
The first squid of the season stirred quite a bit of ruckus in Ventura Harbor this morning. The Ocean Angel III brought in about 20 tons of beautiful little Loligo. However, the thrill quickly subsided when the pumps started rolling out 19 count squid, which means it takes 19 squid to equal one pound. Basically, the squid are too small to bring in a decent price.
The squid season opened April 1st and typically deliveries start around the middle of May. The big concern this season is that the water temps are all wrong for a productive season. In general, there is a lot of apprehension this year. The squid fishery has a recent trend of highly productive seasons, where the quota was easily caught before the end of the year. In fact the first time the quota was ever caught was in 2010 and it's been easily mopped up every season since. The season still has a long way to go, but it's nice to see a start to squid seining.
Yes, that is the Pacific Pursuit! The name just changed this spring to the F/V Erin Carroll. This vessel is one of the nicer super seiners in the California fleet. The tophouse is completely surrounded in glass, offering some of the best wrap around visibility of any vessel. The rest of the boat is just as flawless and the drum seine smoothes out the entire operation. Local commercial fishermen are preparing their boats for the 2015 squid season which opened on April 1st. No squid deliveries have been made as of yet. However, last year's delivery was around the end of May. So, let's hope that squid is just around the corner.
While many people are recently hopping into the eat local and sustainable vibe, Ventura Fish Company maintains a steady presence at Ventura Harbor Village. During the fishing season, the Ventura II rolls into the harbor once a month and offers incredibly fresh local seafood to eager foodies at the docks. I have to say the smoked Opah is incredible! Just check www.venturafishcompany.com for the latest updates on their next harbor visit. Also, Andria’s Seafood Market offer a variety of fresh daily delights from the sea in their restaurant or retail store on a daily basis for those urgent seafood needs. #eatmoreseafood
Now that we where to to buy them, let’s take a look at how they are caught. This is raw footage of the Ventura II at sea during the 2013 season. Also, I’m sure some readers are curious about the sustainability of the fishery, so I have included a nice Infographic after the video to help inform and educate.
Every Christmas, Ventura Harbor lights up the local harbor with a fantastic parade of lights. Here's a shot of the squid seiner the Ocean Angel III before the big parade. It's a shame, I missed the event by one weekend. I've been so busy traveling and visiting friends for the holidays that I haven't had much internet time. Have yourself a Merry Christmas!
The squid season is California is wrapping up after another banner year. This would the the 5th consecutive year that the entire quota of 118,000 tons has been caught early. Even with the El Niño trends, squid still seems to be thriving in the waters off of Caifornia. Here's a nice panorama shot as we were crusing off of Mugu Canyon.
Not all Dungeness pots make it back to the boat! California fishermen have teamed up with UC Davis and the Humbolt Fishermen's Marketing Association to retrieve derelict crab gear in the off season. So far, their efforts have produced nearly 600 rogue crab pots in the waters off of Eureka, Trinadad, and Cresent City. Tune in to see how it's done. For more info click here