Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Squid slide into the hold aboard Cape Blanco as Capt. Nick Jurlin and his crew make the round trip from San Pedro to the western side of Santa Catalina Island in search of squid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Capt. Nick Jurlin scans the horizon aboard Cape Blanco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Fog shrouds a tip of Santa Catalina Island as Cape Blanco joins other fishing boats where they know they can catch squid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Deckhand Seth Adler gathers net as another squid fishing boat passes in the fog.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Deckhands Seth Adler, left, and Moses Godoi reel in squid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Some of the 70 tons of squid in the hold of Capt. Nick Jurlin's Cape Blanco.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Engineer Mick McNabb has a smoke after reeling out the net.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Capt. Nick Jurlin and his five-man crew in search of squid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

More galleries on Framework

return to gallery

California’s most valuable catch

Pictures in the News | June 26, 2014

In Thursday's Pictures in the News, festival-goers gather ahead of this weekend's Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, southwest...   View Post»

   

California’s most valuable catch

2013 Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival is a wild four-day celebration, 40 days before Easter. It officially started on Saturday and finishes on Fat Tuesday, the day before the religious period of Lent...   View Post»

   

Death Valley tries to keep school buses rolling

Death Valley tries to keep school buses rolling

As the day’s first light streaks pink across the sky, a yellow school bus appears on a lonely road leading to an Indian village in Death Valley National Park. The bus rumbles...   View Post»

   

California’s most valuable catch

The Week in Pictures | Feb. 14-20, 2011

The flag of Bahrain flies during a funeral procession for one of those killed by security forces; an Egyptian boy rests in the tracks of an army tank in Tahrir Square; while in...   View Post»

California’s most valuable catch

As the sun sets over the ocean, the six crewmen on the Cape Blanco are starting a long night’s work off Santa Catalina Island, putting on orange slickers and hard hats to fish for the milky white cephalopods that have become California’s most valuable catch — squid.

Squid fishing exploded in the 1990s when worldwide demand jumped. Over the last decade, the California Department of Fish and Game has kept the fishery in check with catch limits, a ban on weekend fishing and a cap on the number of squid boats.

But squid come and go in cycles, streaming to shore when waters are cold and vanishing during warm El Niño periods. And they live just a year, making it difficult for scientists to assess the health of their population. Conservation groups, in saying current limits are too permissive, point to studies suggesting those huge fluctuations make small creatures like squid even more vulnerable to collapse.

No comments yet

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.

Required

Required, will not be published