A spiny dogfish swims along a stretch of sandy seafloor with a school of sand lance nearby. Photo/Matthew Lawrence, NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Cape Cod Online: Fishermen have long complained that a resurgent dogfish population was keeping them from catching more cod and other commercially valuable species and hampering efforts to bring those depleted stocks back to healthy levels. Still, fishermen from this port are used to catching and selling what is at hand, and these small coastal sharks prove themselves valuable, despite their low value, because they are relatively easy to catch and plentiful.

On Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service made it more profitable for local fishermen to target dogfish by proposing a relatively simple change to fishing regulations that they estimate might bring in an average of $24,000 more per vessel in revenue.

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