Feds shutting down squid fishery for year to avoid over-fishing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government is shutting down the short fin squid fishery later this week to avoid exceeding quota for the year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. Friday until Dec. 31. Squid fishing permit holders will not be allowed to fish for, catch or possess more than 10,000 pounds of short fin squid per trip.

The short fin squid fishery is located mostly off of Rhode Island. U.S. fishermen brought more than 5 million pounds of them to shore in 2015.

NOAA says 95 percent of the quota for the squid has been caught, and it is standard procedure to shut down the fishery when it hits that mark.

Note: This story previously stated that the affected squids are used to make calamari, but Eyewitness News has since spoken to a local expert and learned that is not the case.