Pacific Squid

Pacific Squid

Scientific Name: Loligo opalescens
Catch Location: California
Catch Method: Purse Seine

Lab Analysis:
  Moisture Pct.: 82.06
  Protein Pct.: 14.67
  Total Fat Pct.: 1.57
  Total Ash Pct.: 1.37
  Carbs Pct.: 0.33
  Calories Cal/100g: 74.6


Pacific Squid (Loligo opalescens) is a wild caught product off the coast of California. Catch date is September through February with occasional other catch dates determined by governmental quotas. The winter months provide the largest harvests. This is a prolific species with high sustainability due to their rapid reproduction cycle. They are one of the most popular food items for many pelagic species. Populations extend in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from Baja Mexico to Alaska, USA. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch has issued this species a rating of “good alternative.”

All squid provided by Bionic Zoo & Aquarium are caught with a purse seine from a light boat, which uses lights at night to attract the squid to the boat. They are then and pumped into onboard chill tanks using a fish vacuum. Next, they are immediately transported back to a state of the art, HACCP approved packing facility where they are directly placed into their appropriate packaging and blast frozen. Upon completion of freezing, the seafood is transported to either a storage facility or directly to the customer on trucks maintaining 0° F to -10° F, which is the same temperature standard used throughout the entire process from initial freezing to delivery to the customer.