University Aims to Boost Market for Dogfish

Dogfish, photo/NOAA
Dogfish, photo/NOAA The University of New England will soon be investigating ways to create a culinary market for the spiny dogfish, an abundant shark in Maine and northeastern U.S. waters, with the potential for a multimillion-dollar boost to the economy.

The NOAA National Marine FisheriesService’s Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program has funded a $245,000 grant for UNE to study “Optimum Utilization of Spiny Dogfish, Squalus acanthias, through Industry Partnerships and Product Development and Marketing.”

Principal investigators on the project are Barry Costa-Pierce, Ph.D., chair of the UNE Department of Marine Sciences, and director of the Marine Science Center; Eric Brazer, Deputy Director, Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance; and Nancy Civetta of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance

Read more about the grant to create a market for spiny dogfish.