Timing of Parturition and Management of Spiny Dogfish in Washington
Cindy A. Tribuzio, Vincent F. Gallucci, and Greg Bargmann
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Management of the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) fishery in the eastern North Pacific Ocean has historically been limited, and not focused on conservation of the species. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently adopted a new management strategy aimed specifically at protecting the spiny dogfish during the critical reproductive period. There is currently little information on the reproductive biology of the Puget Sound stocks of spiny dogfish, and much of it is anecdotal. The aim of this project is to improve the data poor nature of spiny dogfish fishery management. This paper reports some of the findings of an extensive investigation into the reproductive biology of Puget Sound spiny dogfish. The pupping season appears to be from May through November, longer than the anecdotal data indicate and much longer than current regulations were written to cover.
- Item number: AK-SG-05-02k
- Year: 2005
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.4027/famdis.2005.11