The Japanese market, the largest for octopus, prefers smaller sizes, but the Mauritanian catch this year has been the predominately larger specimens popular in Spain.

Cephalopods caught by the Mauritanian national fleet are sold through the quasi-governmental corporation Société Mauritanienne de Commercialisation du Poisson (SMCP), which has set a price of USD 11,900 per metric ton for 800- to 1,200-gram octopus, up 16 percent from this time last year. Mauritania is the world’s top supplier.…