For Immediate Release - April 05, 2013

Director's Declaration of Annual Spiny Dogfish Specifications

For the 2013/2014 commercial spiny dogfish fishery, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Spiny Dogfish Board approved a 23.69 million pound quota and 4,000 pound trip limit for the Northern Region (ME-CT). On April 4, 2013 the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission approved the Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) proposed commercial specifications for spiny dogfish. Pursuant to 322 CMR 6.35, the Director hereby declares the following annual specifications:

  1. Beginning May 1, 2013 it shall be unlawful for any commercial vessel or commercial permit holder to possess or land in excess of 4,000-lbs. of spiny dogfish per trip or per calendar day, whichever is longer; and
  2. Once the Director has determined that the northern states’ allocation (58%) of the ASMFC-approved quota has been reached, it shall be unlawful for commercial fishermen to land or possess any spiny dogfish.

For more information regarding the commercial spiny dogfish fishery please visit our website (www.mass.gov/marinefisheries) or call the Division of Marine Fisheries at 617-626-1520.