Spiny dogfish

Spiny Dogfish are managed by the New England Fishery Management Council, Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (go to the NEFMC, MAFMC and ASMFC pages for this species). Come back to this page frequently to get the latest news & opinion.

The spiny dogfish is a small, schooling shark of the genus Squalus that is frequently encountered when fishing in cold and temperate waters.  Their name comes from the two thick spikes that adorn the leading edge of each dorsal fin.  When caught, the dogfish will contort its muscular, flexible body in a defensive effort that

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