Conference: First International Scientific Workshop for the Argentine Shortfin Squid

When: November 29th to december 1st, 2022.
Where: Coastal Marine Research Station (ECIM) in Las Cruces, Valparaíso Region, Chile.
Organized by:  Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The Argentine Shortfin Squid (Illex argentinus) is one of the most landed cephalopods in the world. It is distributed in the South Atlantic Ocean waters and caught in the exclusive economic zone of coastal countries and the international waters. In total, nearly 410 thousand tons were landed per year in the recent history of the fishery (i.e., 2010-2019; approximately 10% of worldwide cephalopods landings). Eight countries were responsible for almost all of these volumes: China (34.9%), Argentine (27.1%), Chinese Taipei (22.9%), South Korea (9.1%), Spain (3.5%), Falklands Islands (1.2%), Vanuatu (0.8%) and Uruguay (0.3%).

Although the high importance of this species in economic terms and food security, management is absent at the regional level. Currently, there is no formal stock assessment that would cover this squid’s entire range of distribution. However, several scientists worldwide have made valuable progress in filling research gaps on this species in the last few years. Yet, until now, there has not been convened an ad-hoc scientific workshop that brings together the most renowned squid scientists to discuss the future paths that would need to be done to ensure the establishment of formal science-based management for this fishery.

Workshop Objectives

Convening an ad-hoc scientific workshop that will bring together scientists to discuss the way forward to ensure the establishment of formal science-based regional management for this fishery. The specific objectives would be (a) creating a regional database with fishery data from all fleets fishing Illex argentinus in the South Atlantic Ocean and (b) laying the foundations for the development and implementation of a regional stock assessment. 

Expected results

As a result of the meeting, a paper will be published with the meeting minutes and conclusion. It should identify straightforward next steps to establish a formal stock assessment for the squid to ensure a future science-based management.

Workshop scientific chairs

Dr. Ruben Roa-Ureta
Workshop scientific chair

Dr. Ruben H. Roa-Ureta has worked for 30 years in scientific research in marine ecology and fisheries, authoring over 60 articles in mainstream journals. He has worked in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia to help bring sustainability to fisheries through mathematical and statistical modeling of fisheries, biological and ecological data. 

Dr. Rodrigo Wiff
Scientific co-chair

Dr. Rodrigo Wiff is a Quantitative Ecologist doing research in several aspects of fisheries science. Free-lance consultant and part-time research fellow at the Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES-UC) and  The Coastal Social-Ecological Millennium Institute (SECOS). 


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