California Squid (Loligo opalescens)

Jaemar Seafood has been in the California squid processing business for over 20 years, exporting millions of pounds of squid to Asia and Europe. We offer high quality Grade "A" whole California Squid (Loligo opalescens) in a variety of packs. We also offer bait grade California squid for the commercial fishing industry.

The following information provides a brief description of our California Loligo Squid. For detailed information please request our California Squid Specification Report for the full details for purchasing California Squid from Jaemar. Make requests to Make sure to include all company information: Company Name, Address, Phone, Fax, Full Name of contact party, and a brief description of your company. Information will not be provided to anonymous requests.


Jaemar Seafood exports full container loads of California Loligo squid in 40 Foot High Cube Reefer Containers and 20 Foot Reefer Containers. The 40' containers can be loaded to approximately 25 Metric Tons. Product is loaded on Slip Sheets for maximum capacity but can be loaded on pallets to accommodate a customer's needs.

For full specification on container loads: Net Weight, Gross Weight, Carton Count, and Temperature please contact the sales department:

The Fishery

Although California squid is caught year round some years, the majority of squid is caught in the winter season in Southern California. The season usually begins in October or November and will last as long as March. A summer squid season off the coast of Monterey in Northern California starts in April or May and will last through August. The volume of squid catch in the summer season is normally much lower than the winter season in Southern California.

The California squid, also referred to as Market squid, is usually caught near the shore of California and the Channels Islands off the coast of California in shallow waters in depths of 50-150 feet. Fishing vessels target the squid as they gather in schools for spawning. Market squid is fished with purse seine vessels and frozen on land. While not always used, many purse seine vessels work together with light boats for fishing California squid. The light boats use large lights, up to 30,000 watts, to attract squid toward the surface and aggregate the squid into a tight school.

The California squid (Loligo opalescens) fishery has been significantly disrupted by coastal climate changes caused by El Nino and landings can vary from year to year. You can find more information about past landings at our homepage under the Market Reports section. (

Current information on landings is available to customers via email. Please contact Landing information and market conditions are only available to known customers. If you are not a customer and would like current market information, please send your complete contact information and a brief description of your company.

Product Information

Common Names Scientific Name Size Packing Roe
California Squid
Market Squid
Loligo Squid
Loligo opalescens California squid is measured by the number of squid per pound. The catching season in the winter fishery usually starts in October or November. The size of squid in the beginning of the season usually starts at 10/12 or 12/14 pieces of whole squid per pound. As the season progresses the squid size will increase to 8/10 pieces per pound and sometimes as large as 6/9 pieces per pound. The average tube length of California Loligo squid is 3-5 inches (7-13 cm). We pack California loligo squid in a variety of carton sizes and nude blocks. Most of the California squid exported is packed in 10 kilo cartons, 25 lb. cartons, 5 lb. cartons, 1 kilo cartons and 50 lb. nude blocks. We also provide custom packing for customers with specific needs and offer private labeling. California squid are caught when they school near the shoreline for spawning. When caught before they have finished spawning the roe will be present in the female squid. The roe content of the may reach a high of 50% or more, which means 50% of the squid landed are female with their roe still in the mantle. The roe content varies between landings. Some countries importing squid value high roe content but the presence or lack of roe does not change the quality of the texture or taste of the squid's meat.