NOAA's Fisheries Service Proposes 33 Percent Increase for 2011 Spiny Dogfish Quota
NOAA's Fisheries Service today announced that it will propose increasing the spiny dogfish quota to 20 million pounds for 2011. The new quota would be a 33 percent increase over the 2010 catch limit of 15 million pounds.
Spiny dogfish are found throughout the northwest Atlantic between Labrador
and Florida. In fishing year 2009, the U.S. commercial spiny dogfish fishery
generated revenues of nearly $2.4 million.
"The higher catch limit will provide further opportunity to fishermen in the
dogfish fishery, and to others who supplement their groundfish income by
catching dogfish," said Patricia Kurkul, administrator, Northeast Region, NOAA
NOAA's Fisheries Service updated the spiny dogfish stock assessment in the
fall of 2010, incorporating 2009 catch data and results from the agency's 2010
trawl survey. The updated assessment indicated that the stock was healthy and
not being overfished. This information was provided to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery
Management Council and the New England Fishery Management Council, which jointly
develop management measures for the spiny dogfish stock. The councils forwarded
their recommendation to increase the 2011 catch limit to NOAA's Fisheries
Service, which has agreed to increase the catch limit.
The proposed catch level for 2011 is consistent with the level set by the
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for state waters.
The 2011 fishing year runs from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012. Under the
spiny dogfish fishery management plan, the quota is divided between two quota
periods. During period 1, May 1 through October 31, roughly 11.6 million pounds
will be available to the fishery. The remaining 8.4 million pounds will be
available to the fishery during period 2, November 1 through April 30. Vessel
trip limits are proposed to remain at 3,000 pounds for the 2011 fishing