September 13, 2012 -- This almost slipped under the radar but the nuisance spiny dogfish was
just recently given the Marine Stewardship Council’s stamp of approval
as a sustainable and well-managed fishery.
This applies to the United States East Coast North Atlantic fishery,
that operates year round in federal and state waters off the U.S. East
Coast from Maine to North Carolina and uses three gear types: gillnet,
longline, and otter trawl.
Coughlin, the MSC regional director said the certification means buyers
and consumers worldwide will “now have assurance that the U.S. Atlantic
spiny dogfish fishery is well-managed and sustainable,” and that the
target stock is healthy and commercial fishers are harvesting the stock
doesn’t come as a surprise to our recreational boat captains who have
been saying for years there was an overabundance of them here in our
saw a let up of them. We catch so many of them when we are mackerel,
ling or sea bass fishing,” said Capt. Willy Egerter of the Dauntless out
of Point Beach. “Most people just quit fishing if they’re catching too
definitely wasn’t the case worldwide though, as the stocks of what was
the most abundant shark species in the water, declined to a point where
Greenpeace International had them red listed, meaning they were at a
high risk of being sourced from an unsustainable fishery.
The stocks had reportedly plummeted by 95 percent in the Northeast Atlantic.
here in the Western Atlantic, the National Marine Fisheries Service
developed and implemented rebuilding plans beginning in 2000 to allow
the stock to recover to a sustainable level. NMFS now categorizes the
fishery as rebuilt; it is not overfished and overfishing is not
trick is to establish a strong market for spiny dogfish in Europe where
the countries like England, Germany and France have a developed taste
for them. In England it is often disguised in fish and chips as “rock
“They’ll probably need to catch 5 to 10,000 pounds a day to keep the market strong,” Egerter said.
believes a strong commercial market for spiny dogfish could help with
the sustainability of popular recreational species such as sea bass,
which many captains argue get eaten up by the large packs of spiny
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