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Southeast Pacific SPRFMO high seas jumbo flying squid fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
Fishery report 2023
Southeast Pacific SPRFMO high seas jumbo flying squid fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Owned bySouth Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) – more>>
Fishery life cycleThis fishery started in 2013. This fishery originates from: South Pacific SPRFMO high seas fisheries

Overview: The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation is an inter-governmental organisation that is committed to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources of the South Pacific Ocean and in so doing safeguarding the marine ecosystems in which the resources occur. The SPRFMO Convention applies to the high seas of the South Pacific, covering about a fourth of the Earth's high seas areas. Currently, the main commercial resources fished in the SPRFMO Area are Jack mackerel and jumbo flying squid in the Southeast Pacific and, to a much lesser degree, deep-sea species often associated with seamounts in the Southwest Pacific.

Location of Southeast Pacific SPRFMO high seas jumbo flying squid fishery

Geographic reference:  Southeast Pacific
Spatial Scale: Regional
Reference year: 2021
Approach: Fishery Management Unit

Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO)
Mandate: Scientific Advice; Management;

Area of Competence:
Maritime Area: High seas

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Jumbo flying squid
Fishery Area: Southeast Pacific; Pacific, Southeast

Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Production: Catch

Harvested Resource
Fishery Area
Horizontal distribution: Oceanic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic.  

Geo References for: Southeast Pacific
Vessel Type

Flag State
Taiwan Province of China
Korea, Republic of
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 6vessels2013
Number of vessels 13vessels2014
Number of vessels 5vessels2015
Number of vessels 116vessels2016
Number of vessels 283vessels2017
Number of vessels 408vessels2018
Number of vessels 489vessels2019
Number of vessels 563vessels2020
Number of vessels 474vessels2021
ProductionCatch 6034tonnes2013
Catch 9294tonnes2014
Catch 5944tonnes2015
Catch 96788tonnes2016
Catch 222635tonnes2017
Catch 288570tonnes2018
Catch 287490tonnes2019
Catch 334275tonnes2020
Catch 398960tonnes2021
Management unit: Yes

Jurisdictional framework
Mandate: Scientific Advice; Management; Co-ordination; Monitoring.  
Area of Competence
Maritime Area: High seas.  
Management Regime
High Seas managed species in the SPRFMO Convention Area
Management Methods

Conservation and Management Measures with focus on Vessel authorisations, Catch effort reporting, Catch control, Capacity limits, Spatial management, Monitoring Control and Surveillance, bycatch and pollution minimisation - Binding

  • Aquatic species-related measures
    CMM 18, 09
  • Gear-related measures
    CMM 17
  • Vessel-related measures
    CMMs 04, 05, 06, 07, 11, 12, 15, 19
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    CMMs 02, 12, 18, 13, 16
Source of Information
SPRFMO. 2023. Report of the eleventh meeting of the Commission, Manta, Ecuador, 13-17 February 2023.  Click to open
SPRFMO. 2023. COMM11–Inf01_rev2, Catch data submitted to the SPRFMO Secretariat. Eleventh meeting of the Commission, Manta, Ecuador, 13-17 February 2023.  Click to open
Summary of fishing activity data to produce fishery catch histories (unpublished; fishery cannot be determined from the annual catch data alone which is reported in COMMXX_Inf01).
SPRFMO Conservation and Management Measures  Click to open
SPRFMO Annual Commission Meeting Reports  Click to open
SPRFMO Scientific Committee Meeting Reports  Click to open
All references to figures, tables and bibliography in the text are found within the source of information.
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