Tracking the Squid Population Isn't Easy
Spring and early summer brings the fishery for squid to our local waters. Boats from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and elsewhere target squid with small mesh trawls, meaning nets towed behind fishing boats. There's also a weir fishery in Nantucket Sound.
Owen Nichols, Director of Marine Fisheries Research at the Center for Coastal Studies, joins Steve Junker to talk about the squid fishery, why it's difficult for scientists to assess, and the efforts to use the weir fisheries off Chatham to create a long-term data set tracking squid occurrence. Give it a listen.