Proposed listing as species in danger would restrict B.C. haul to 15,000 tonnes
Larry Pynn, Vancouver SunPublished: Thursday, March 15, 2007
A diminutive shark that is despised at home and relished abroad as the fish with British chips is about to swim into the international political spotlight.
Long the scourge of sport and commercial fishermen in B.C.'s temperate coastal marine waters, the spiny dogfish is proposed for listing under the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species due to declining stocks in areas such as Europe.
SMALL SHARK, BIG CONSERVATION CONCERN
The spiny dogfish is coming under increasing fishing pressure in the world, prompting international calls for its protection through the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Dogfish are sometimes marketed as rock salmon and sold in Europe for British fish and chips and in Germany as smoked belly flaps. Tail and fins go to the Asian market for shark fin soup.
Size at maturity (length in cm)
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93.5 NE Pacific
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