Indian Ocean squid

Uroteuthis duvauceli

Common Name(s)

English: Indian squid ; French: Calmar Indien ;Spanish: Calamar índico ; Indian: Habbar, Narsinga, Ranga, Makul, Nala, Ahin della

High Risk

No data available OR Proven poor fishery status and/or high risk of decline to poor status without appropriate management / ineffective management and/or high environmental impact. If species is listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered then stop sourcing.

Traditional Chinese

火箭魷 ("For Chin Yau") 魷魚 ("Yau Yu")

Simplified Chinese

小管枪乌贼 / 印度枪乌贼


杜氏槍魷 / 杜氏槍烏賊

Date of Assessments

July 2020

Peer Reviewer

Not Yet Reviewed

Assessment Organisation

The University of Hong Kong




  • Indian Ocean squid (Uroteuthis duvauceli) belongs in the family Loliginidae, commonly known as pencil squids, and is a widespread species in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific.
  • Spawning occurs throughout the year but principally in spring and autumn.
  • The Indian Ocean squid typically lives for one year, and is semelparous, meaning that male and female adults typically die shortly after spawning and brooding.
  • Sea Life Base states that Indian Ocean squid has low vulnerability to fishing.
Indian Ocean Squid is caught through a range of different gears including mid-water and bottom trawling, and hook and line (jigging).

Hook and Line

Hook and line is one of the best methods of fishing with regards to sustainability. This can involve one person and a rod, or alternatively using a basic winch with a line of hooks. The hook and line fishing method has little impact on the surrounding environment and the catch can be selective. For example, any fish too small, or not the right species can be placed back into the water, with limited harm.


A fishing method that uses one or several nets with an otter board to keep the net open horizontally. The net will be towed from the stern of the boat and can be either demersal (on/near sea bed) or pelagic (mid-water). Bottom trawling is a type of trawling that sets the nets on the seafloor. Heavy weights are attached to the nets to stir up the sand or mud so that fish and shrimp living there can be caught. Sometimes heavy rockhoppers are used, chains with roller wheels that allow the net to roll over rough, rocky seabeds without damaging the nets or being stopped by the rock.

  • Evidence of the catch certificate showing the following:
    • latin species name,
    • country sea area / RFMO area,
    • vessel flag,
    • name of vessel,
    • Unique Vessel Identifier,
    • capture method,
    • landing port
  • Is the fishery in a fishery improvement project?


No Known FIP

Country Specific Risk Assessments

  • Indian Ocean squid from fisheries in Sri Lanka can be considered to be at high risk.
  • Whilst the species is data deficient, it is thought to be resilient to fishing pressure, and there are some management measures in place in Sri Lanka, including a 3-month ban.