Giant squid could be a new catch for Cook Islands fishermen after a recent fishing trial has found it may be an untapped resource.
The success of the local squid fishing industry on the Japanese island of Okinawa has prompted Cook Islands to investigate the potential in its own waters.
The first trials are underway to see if giant squid numbers could support a local fishing industry.
William Sokimi, a Secretariat of the Pacific Community master fisherman, has told Radio Australia's he is working with the Cook Islands Ministry of Marine Resources to investigate the potential around the northern atoll of Aitutaki.
"In the beginning we were looking at coming up with new ideas, new potential for the small-scale fishermen and then we saw the fishermen in Okinawa," he said.
"The fishermen there were fishing for giant squid. We thought to ourselves maybe for the islands, if we can find it here maybe we could do the same, something for our own local market."
Trials on Saturday netted four diamondback squids and a neon flying squid, the biggest one weighing in at 17 kilograms.
Mr Sokimi says it is likely any giant squid caught in Cook islands waters would be for local consumption rather than export.
He says the trials are just beginning and more testing will be needed to determine whether there is enough squid to start a local industry.
The local market for squid consumption also needs development, according to Mr Sokimi.
"It's something new so we have to test the grounds here, we've given out some recipe booklets with about 53 recipes," he said.
"It's mainly for the restaurants and hotels to try out, and if they need more they can ask the fishermen to catch for them."