Saturday, March 17, 2007

Dogfish catch faces UN quota

Proposed listing as species in danger would restrict B.C. haul to 15,000 tonnes

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun

Published: 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.


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)


75 NW Atlantic

93.5 NE Pacific

83 NE Atlantic

70-100 Mediterranean


60 NW Atlantic

59 Australia

59-72 Mediterranean

Longevity (years)


40-50 NW Atlantic

60+ NW Pacific


35 NW Atlantic

Average litter size: 1-20 pups 2-15 NW Atlantic 2-11 Mediterranean


mark said...

I'm damn well going to get my belly flaps stocked up before this happens here! Is it too soon to start thinking of a rock salmon stamp?

CaptBob said...

Rock Salmon Stomp, with an English accent, Hey?
Now we can include the new Rock Salmon as a COMBO Priced trip. If we all do it we can help it's endangered species listing right here.