BOSTON — Federal fishing regulators are contemplating letting business fishermen catch extra of a species of shark within the coming yr.
The Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated it is contemplating permitting extra harvest of spiny dogfish within the 2021-22 fishing yr.
Fishermen catch spiny dogfish from Maine to North Carolina. The highest producing states embrace Massachusetts and Virginia.
NOAA stated the proposed revisions enhance catch limits by almost 10%. That may enhance the business fishing quota to greater than 29 million kilos.
That is extra dogfish than fishermen normally catch in a yr. Fishermen introduced greater than 18 million kilos of spiny dogfish to docks in 2019. The final yr wherein fishermen introduced greater than 30 million kilos to docks was in 1999.
The sharks are used as meals however is primarily consumed in Europe. Members of the seafood trade have tried advertising and marketing dogfish to U.S. shoppers lately, nevertheless it stays an unusual menu merchandise.
Dogfish landings are intently tied to the inventory’s migration, with peaks occurring from Might by October once they reside alongside the southern finish of Georges Financial institution, the Gulf of Maine and the waters off Massachusetts.
The diminutive sharks, which occupy a habitat that stretches from Canada to Florida, are thought of one of many under-utilized species that fishing advocates imagine would possibly assist fill the buyer void created by the demise or shortage of conventional species equivalent to cod and haddock.
Materials from the Related Press was used on this report.