Squid Improvement Profile

About two-thirds of worldwide squid and cuttlefish production is not yet assessed or rated red. Our improvement efforts prioritize squid fisheries that are:

  • Red-rated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program (see all squid ratings here); or
  • Within the scope of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 Initiative

A baseline step businesses can take to accelerate progress in improving performance is to prioritize the purchase of certified or Best Choice squid and encourage suppliers to pursue improvements. The collaboration is focused on improving the performance of squid fisheries by building on promising NGO and industry initiatives.

Seafood Watch

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program ratings are based on specific location and production method information. For detailed information, visit the Seafood Watch recommendations on squid.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

SFP’s “T75” initiative is focused on ensuring that at least 75% of world production in key sectors is sustainable (i.e., certified by the MSC program, or green-listed in SFP’s Metrics tool) or making regular, verifiable improvements. For wild production:

  • Certified by one of the following programs: IFFO RS, ASMI RFM, Iceland Responsible Fisheries, Fair Trade USA
  • Or under full assessment in the MSC program
  • Or in a FIP that is making good progress (i.e., with a progress rating of A, B, or C using SFP’s FIP evaluation tool

All squid species fall within the scope of Target 75, specifically in the Squid sector. SFP has developed a visual display of T75 progress for each of the key seafood sectors, including squid. Please check the latest estimates here.

To learn more, visit the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s T75 Squid Sector Report, its Global Squid Supply Chain Roundtable. For detailed information, contact info@sustainablefish.org.


There are several active squid FIPs worldwide, providing opportunities to contribute to sustainability improvements. To learn more about specific FIPs, consult the FisheryProgress.org FIP directory or the Improvement projects page of FishSource.