East China Sea and Yellow Sea Japanese flying squid - trawl

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By volume, China is the largest squid fishing and processing country in the world. The East China Sea and the Yellow Sea, fished by Korean, Japanese, and Chinese fishing vessels, are significant squid fishing grounds, where Chinese trawl (primary gear), purse seine, and gillnet vessels target Todarodes pacificus, or Japanese flying squid (JFS) together with other finfish species. JFS are highly migratory, having a broad geographic distribution and inhabiting both the open ocean and coastal regions of Northeast Asia. While there are great diversity and scope of JFS fisheries across Northeast Asia, the East China Sea and the Yellow Sea Squid FIP will initially focus on improving Chinese JFS trawl fisheries operating within Chinese jurisdictions in East China and Yellow Seas. The primary markets for this product are the European Union, United States, Japan, and South Korea, although additional supply chain analysis is needed to fully understand product flow and to determine if any other squid species product mixing is occurring..

FIP Description 

By volume, China is the largest squid fishing and processing country in the world.

FIP Objective(s) 

Objectives to be achieved by December 2023 include:

  • Develop a first empirical assessment of stock status. Where acceptable stock status is verified or, if not, a formal rebuilding plan is developed.
  • A comprehensive harvest strategy (HS) with harvest control rules (HCRs) is implemented.
  • Sufficient relevant information is collected from the fishery, including regular stock abundance monitoring and fishery removals, adequate to support a robust harvest strategy. 
  • Regular stock assessments are being conducted & evaluated as appropriate to evaluate the stock status and harvest strategy.
  • An effective partial management strategy for secondary species is in place.
  • ETP management measures identified for subsequent implementation.
  • If needed, an additional mgmt. and compliance actions are developed to ensure acceptable habitat outcome.
  • If needed, a plan to avoid impacts on key elements of the ecosystem structure and function is in place.
  • A comprehensive process plan has been developed that will lead to the adoption of fishery-specific management. objectives/plans, precautionary decision-making processes, research plans, and effective compliance during the FIP's Phase 2.
FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2018
December 2023
Next Progress Report Due 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Common Name 
Japanese Flying Squid
Scientific Name 
Todarodes pacificus
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
FIP Volume 
5,000 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
12,000 metric tons
Volume Date 
October 2018

FIP at a Glance

46% 39% 14%
November 01, 2018
46% 39% 14%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Jul 2019
Target End Date
Dec 2023
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Ocean Outcomes
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Songling Wang, China Program Director
Organization Name 
China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA)
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
He Cui
Organization Name 
Tao Ran
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Songling Wang
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