Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is praising a new effort by the Peruvian fisheries research institute (IMARPE) that included contributions from a leading global fisheries scientist.

As part of a national effort to improve the science and management of Peru’s jumbo flying squid fishery, IMARPE hosted Patrick Cordue, an internationally recognized stock assessment scientist from New Zealand, throughout the month of June. Thanks to support provided by SFP as part of its efforts to engage international supply chains in improving the sustainability of global squid stocks, Dr. Cordue worked with IMARPE in the development of new stock assessment models and management tools for jumbo flying squid. 

“Jumbo flying squid sustains the second-largest national fishery in volume, and is entirely exploited by artisanal fishermen in Peru, with a high social impact. The life cycle of this species shows some space-time complexities related to the variability of the Peruvian sea, which are some of the several challenges for the assessment of this stock,” said Renato Guevara-Carrasco, Director of IMARPE. 

Jumbo flying squid is the most important single squid species in the global market. Improving how the stock status of this South Pacific squid is evaluated will have a significant impact on approximately 30 percent of the global volume of squid caught. This will require the adoption of coordinated approaches at the regional level. 

“There is a significant push from global markets to improve this fishery—squid is mainly an export commodity, and buyers need to ensure a continuous supply,” said SFP’s Enrique Alonso. “To achieve sustainability, national and regional efforts from research and management authorities of exporting countries are key, when they are coupled with the support of the private sector.” 

Contact:Sean Murphy, Communications Director