COUNTY PANEL SEEKS LIMITS PLACED ON SQUID CATCHES.Byline: Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Burgeoning squid hauls off California are too much of a good thing to a Ventura County panel concerned that the slippery mollusk mollusk: see Mollusca.
Any of some 75,000 species of soft-bodied invertebrate animals (phylum Mollusca), many of which are wholly or partly enclosed in a calcium carbonate shell secreted by the mantle, a soft is being overfished.
The five-member county Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to ask the Board of Supervisors to send a letter to Gov. Pete Wilson For others named Pete Wilson, see .
Peter Barton Wilson (born August 23, 1933) is an American Republican politician from California. Wilson served as the thirty-sixth Governor of California (1991–1999), the culmination of more than three decades in the public arena that and the California Department of Fish and Game asking for tonnage and boat limits.
The board will discuss the request Tuesday.
Squid is the hot catch of the day, fueled by China's emergence on the world fish market. Squid ends up as calamari on the menu and also in pasta and salads, especially in Asian countries Noun 1. Asian country - any one of the nations occupying the Asian continent
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries" .
Squid ranks first in California by volume caught and is running a close second to sea urchins for the top spot in terms of dollar value.
A record 155 million pounds of market squid was caught by commercial fishermen off California in 1995. About 70 percent of it came ashore at Ventura and Santa Barbara Santa Barbara (săn'tə bär`brə, –bərə), city (1990 pop. 85,571), seat of Santa Barbara co., S Calif., on the Pacific Ocean; inc. 1850. county harbors.
The 1995 figures shattered shat·ter
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1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
a. records set in 1994. The statewide haul increased 27 percent, and local landings jumped 72 percent. Figures for 1996 aren't available, but it is expected to approach 1995's performance.
Pete Ancich, who operates a boat out of Ventura Harbor, said local fishermen are worried that the squid haul might be too much of a good thing.
``Something needs to be done,'' he said. ``I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what the right thing is. I've been too busy fishing.''
No restrictions exist on squid fishing off California, said L.B. Boydstun, chief of marine resources for the state Fish and Game Department.
``Everyone agrees there is a problem - squid is being hammered,'' said Jeff Alexander, a Ventura County Fish and Game Commission member.
The panel's request asks for a two-year moratorium on new boats fishing for squid, a tonnage limit in 1997 not to exceed the 1996 catch, and a scientific study.
Last week, state Sen. Byron Sher, D-Redwood City, introduced a bill that would set up a three-year moratorium on new boats and a squid population and management study.