Commercial landing restrictions for spiny dogfish harvested in New Hampshire waters were announced today by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Marine Fisheries Division. Spiny dogfish may be harvested in state waters from July 1 through April 30 or until the northern region quota has been taken; there is a 3,000-pound trip limit for spiny dogfish. The restrictions are in accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan, one of the provisions of which addresses the need to control harvest in the fishery via regional quotas and daily trip limits.
The most recent stock assessment for spiny dogfish showed that the resource was no longer overfished and overfishing was not occurring. With increased levels of abundance, the coast-wide quota for spiny dogfish was increased again this year. Specifications set by the ASMFC for the 2011 fishing year increased the coast-wide quota to 20 million pounds and set the 3,000-pound trip limit. The northern region portion of the 2011 quota, which is shared by the states of Maine through Connecticut, has been set at 11,145,452 pounds.
“With the dogfish population no longer overfished, abundance levels have continued to increase. As a result the quota available to commercial fishermen also increased this year and we felt it would be reasonable to have the season begin in July while maintaining the 3,000-pound trip limit,” said Douglas Grout, chief of Marine Fisheries for N.H. Fish and Game.
For more information, call N.H. Fish and Game’s Region 3 office at (603) 868-1095.
Established in 1942, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission coordinates the conservation and management of the 15 Atlantic coast states’ shared near-shore fishery resources for sustainable use. N.H. Fish and Game is a central voice for New Hampshire’s interests on this regional board. Visit www.asmfc.org.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state’s marine, fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. The Department’s Marine Fisheries Division is located in Durham, N.H. Visit www.wildnh.com/marine.