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European flying squid

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Squid & Octopuses

Squid and octopuses belong to the group of cephalopods (Cephalopoda). Two distinct species can be found, the octopuses (eight-legged) and the squids (ten-legged). European squid and cuttlefish are most common in the Northsea. Although, squid are physically related to snails and shellfish their ‘lifestyle’ is more similar to that of fish. Many squids species swim in large groups and undertake vast seasonal migrations. Squids lay eggs in the mid-water column and hunt for fish and are food for larger fish and sea mammals. Octopuses often occur more on the seabed.


European flying squid

The European flying squid can reach lengths of 75 cm. However, its average mantle length is only 25-30 cm. This species can be found in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean where it migrates from shallow water at night into deeper waters during daytime.

European flying squid

Todarodes sagittatus

Atlantic Ocean, central east (FAO 34)

Farming- / Catch method

Handlines and pole lines (mechanised)

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

There is no good stock estimate of the European flying squid. This is because their fast life cycle produces large fluctuations in the stock size. Their fast life cycle and high reproduction speed makes them less vulnerable to fishing pressure.

Fishing on European flying squid is done with jigging. This has relatively low bycatchBycatch:
Species caught next to species targeted for fishery. By-catches can consist of non-commercial species and species that are too small, and can be kept (this part is sometimes called by-product) or thrown back into the sea (discards). 
and doesn’t harm the seabed.

There is no specific management set for squid. There are no quotas, TAC’s or management plans and there is no research being done on the stock.


ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.


Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.


There is fish available of this species that is farmed or caught using high welfare standards.


GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.


Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.