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Local fishermen end month-long strike, net bountiful harvests of market squid. - Mont

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Local fishermen end month-long strike, net bountiful harvests of market squid.
[SIZE=-1]Monterey County Weekly[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]The romantic sight marks the return of Monterey Bay's 150-year-old market squid fishery after an unofficial fishermen's strike threatened to delay this year's harvest. When the squid season began April 1, local fishermen held back in hopes of ...[/SIZE]
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Professor Bill Gilly, a cephalopod expert with Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine station, was happy to see the squid fishing boats outside his lab on the Pacific Grove shoreline last week. He’s particularly interested in the relative abundance of market squid in the notable absence of its hulking cousin, Humboldt squid.


The Humboldt population, which spiked off the Central Coast just a few years ago, seems to have nearly vanished after the El Niño-like event of 2009-10, Gilly says. When the Humboldts left, one of their favorite snacks – the market squid – came back.

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