Spiny dogfish are one of America's fisheries success stories, and could soon be a marketing one. In 1998, catch levels were greatly reduced due to a big drop in populations levels. By 2010, populations had increased substantially, and NOAA Fisheries Service declared the fish fully rebuilt.
Due to the dramatic decline of cod and other groundfish, dogfish have become an important part of local fishermen's livelihoods. The entire fish is used, but it is all exported. There is now an opportunity to create a domestic market for these native fish, which have a sweet, mild flavor. Ask for dogfish at your local seafood markets and restaurants.