The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Spiny Dogfish Board has set specifications for the 2014/2015 commercial spiny dogfish fishery. The Northern Region (ME-CT) has been allocated a 28.65 million pound quota and states may set trip limits as high as 4,000 pounds. 

Pursuant to 322 CMR 6.35(5), the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) must now declare a state possession and landing limit that complies with the ASMFC’s specifications. The following specifications are being proposed:

  1. Beginning May 1, 2014 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 region’s quota has been reached, it shall be unlawful for commercial fishermen to land or possess any spiny dogfish.

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission will vote to adopt these specifications prior to May 1, 2014. The Director’s Declaration will be published in a local newspaper, the Massachusetts Register, distributed through MarineFisheries Listserv and posted on the MarineFisheries website.

Public comment on these specifications will be accepted until May 8, 2014. Written comment may be submitted to the Director by e-mail c/o Jared Silva (, by fax (617-626-1509) 
or by mail sent to the attention of Jared Silva at 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114.