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2011 Opalescent Squid Run at La Jolla Shores

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

 2011 Opalescent Squid Run at La Jolla Shores

There was a strong Opalescent Squid run this year off La Jolla Shores. It started in early December and has continued through much of the month. From year to year the size and duration of the run is quite variable but the timing is very consistent occurring late in the year and most often coinciding with some of the biggest tides of the year. Much like a Salmon run, the squid come to the shallows often by the tens of thousands to mate, deposit their eggs and then die, completely their life cycle while ensuring the next generation.

One thing that assisted the quality of the run this year was that the annual California commercial Opalescent Squid catch quota of 118,000 tons was reached in early November. This closed the fishery until March of 2012. It was great to arrive at the shores and not have to see a flotilla of commercial squid boats anchored just outside the reserve.

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