COMMITTEE FOR THE SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF THE GIANT CALAMAR OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
The Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Giant Squid (CALAMASUR) is a group comprised of leading industry players (representatives of the artisanal, industrial and processing sectors) from Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, who are involved in fishing giant squid and work together for sustainability.
THE GIANT CALAMAR FISHERY
The giant squid ( Dosidicus gigas ) is a cephalopod endemic to the eastern region of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the largest species (2.5 meters maximum length and 50 kg maximum weight) and the most abundant in the world.
Worldwide, Peru, China and Chile are responsible for the largest catches of this resource. Between 2013 and 2017, around 900 thousand tons of giant squid were landed in the world. Peru was responsible for 49%; China, 32% and Chile, 17%.
The squid value chain is of great importance for the development of the fishing sector. However, it still has structural challenges to face.