Threat of Dogfish Sharks Unite Commercial and Recreational Fishermen From Maine to North Carolina
Hundreds of millions of these voracious predators are impacting every fishery in the region
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The huge population of these ravenous sharks is holding back the recovery of New England groundfish and many others fish stocks, either feeding heavily on the more valuable species or on their prey. In 1992, Dr.
Conservatively, spiny dogfish require a daily food intake of 1-1/2% of their total body weight. This equates to a minimum of two and a half million metric tons of prey species eaten every year. In 2007 the commercial catch of all species from East coast fisheries was 2/3 of a million metric tons.
Throughout their range spiny dogfish are also seriously interfering with traditional fisheries. According to
The Magnuson Act, which establishes federal fisheries policies, has been amended by pressure from rich environmental activist groups, making it virtually impossible for managers to effectively address issues like this. Coastal legislators including
The FORDM letter to Dr. Lubchenco is available at http://www.fishnet-usa.com/dogforum1.htm, along with additional fishermen’s comments and other material on dogfish.
SOURCE FishNet USA