Dogfish quota hike hailed, but processors face challenges

PHILADELPHIA, PA — It’s hard to believe that just over a decade ago, the directed commercial fishery for spiny dogfish was eliminated and fishermen in the Northeast were restrained by a 4-million-pound bycatch quota.
Now, the fishery is on track to be allocated over 40 million pounds per year for the next three fishing years.  According to scientists, spawning stock biomass is up to around 215,444 metric tons (mt) — that’s 4.7 million pounds — and fishing mortality is extremely low.  The stock is “not overfished” and “overfishing is not occurring.”

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