ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Sets Quotas for 2019-2021 Fishing Seasons

Yup, dogfish are regulated commercially, and the ASMFC is are requiring a 46% reduction in dogfish commercial catches .  Let that sink in a minute, a 46% catch reduction of a fish that is a huge pain the butt in the surf and other locations due to its abundance.  So if you think a fishery is not in decline because you are seeing a lot of fish, remember this, dogfish are in a decline right now.  They are not being over-fished but the reduction is necessary so over-fishing does not occur.  That means the stock is in a decline either naturally or not, but man needs to back off or we will over fish the dogfish and be the reason for the decline. 

  Now compare this to the other fishery issues you see elsewhere that are also in decline, but you can notice visibly by how poor the fishing has become.  This is why we have fishery laws and the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation & Management Act. 

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Taking a hook out of dogfish’s mouth.
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New York, NY – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Spiny Dogfish Management Board approved the following coastwide commercial quotas for the 2019-2021 fishing seasons (May 1-April 30): 20,522,832 pounds for 2019/2020; 23,194,835 pounds for 202/2021, and 27,421,096 pounds for 2021/2022 (state-specific allocations are provided in table below). The quotas are consistent with the measures recommended to NOAA Fisheries by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. The Board also established a 6,000 pound commercial trip limit for the northern region states of Maine through Connecticut, while New York through North Carolina have the ability to set state-specific trip limits based on the needs of their fisheries. The Commission’s actions are final and apply to state waters (0-3 miles from shore). The Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils will forward their recommendations for federal waters (3 –200 miles from shore) to NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Administrator for final approval.    


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Spiny Dogfish State Allocations 2019 to 2020

The quotas are based on the 2018 Stock Assessment Update, which indicates that while the population is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring, biomass has declined, requiring an approximate 46% reduction in the 2019-2020 quota to ensure that overfishing does not occur. The next benchmark stock assessment is currently scheduled for completion in 2021.   

For more information, please contact Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at krootes-murdy@asmfc.orgor 703.842.0740.

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