Shark, Spiny Dogfish

Shape

Synonyms

Squalus acanthias

Edibility

unknown

Regulations

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  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size or possession limit for recreational anglers. Spiny Dogfish may not be retained for bait during the closed commercial season.

  • Additional Notes
    No size limit. No possession limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 30 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Small Sharks Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only. Please consider releasing all shark species.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. No bag limit.
    Be conservation minded.

  • Additional Notes
    No bag limit. No minimum size.

  • Additional Notes
    No bag limit. No size limit.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum length. No daily creel limit. No closed season.

  • Additional Notes
    Spiny dogfish and smoothhound sharks (smooth dogfish) are exempt from harvest and size restrictions.
    See most recent NCDENR Proclamation.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 54 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Other Sharks Limit: 1

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 64 in Total Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    Please consider releasing all shark species, especially if you are unsure of the species identity.

  • Additional Notes
    Finning prohibited

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Additional Notes
    No person shall fish for, or land, any shark or shark parts. It is against the law to buy or sell any shark, shark parts or shark products. It is illegal to export or import sharks, shark parts or shark products. If you hook a shark while fishing, you must promptly release it into the sea unharmed.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Aggregate Information Name: Finfish (in CA) Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019
    from January 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit
    May 1-Oct 31: Take is prohibited seaward of the 30-fathom (180 feet) depth contour, as defined in federal regulations (50 CFR Part 660, Subpart C).
    Nov 1-Dec 31: May be taken at any depth
    Divers, Shore-based Anglers: Open year-round. Divers and shore-based anglers are exempt from season restrictions affecting the RCG complex and other federally managed groundfish. However, when spear fishing during a boat-based closure, only spear fishing gear is allowed aboard any vessel or watercraft. Also, when angling from shore during a boat- based closure, no vessel or watercraft may be used to assist in taking or possessing species included in this table.
    When filleting fish on a vessel, each fillet must bear a one-inch square patch of skin.
    For the latest information, call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations Hotline at 1-813-649-2801.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Aggregate Information Name: Finfish (in CA) Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2019
    from January 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit
    Take is prohibited seaward of the 50-fathom (300 feet) depth contour, as defined in federal regulations (50 CFR Part 660, Subpart C).
    Divers, Shore-based Anglers: Open year-round
    . Divers and shore-based anglers are exempt from season restrictions affecting the RCG complex and other federally managed groundfish. However, when spear fishing during a boat-based closure, only spear fishing gear is allowed aboard any vessel or watercraft. Also, when angling from shore during a boat- based closure, no vessel or watercraft may be used to assist in taking or possessing species included in this table.
    When filleting fish on a vessel, each fillet must bear a one-inch square patch of skin.
    For the latest information, call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations Hotline at 1-813-649-2801.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Aggregate Information Name: Finfish (in CA) Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2020 to February 29th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit
    Take is prohibited seaward of the 75-fathom (450 feet) depth contour, as defined in federal regulations (50 CFR Part 660, Subpart C).
    Divers, Shore-based Anglers: Open year-round
    . Divers and shore-based anglers are exempt from season restrictions affecting the RCG complex and other federally managed groundfish. However, when spear fishing during a boat-based closure, only spear fishing gear is allowed aboard any vessel or watercraft. Also, when angling from shore during a boat- based closure, no vessel or watercraft may be used to assist in taking or possessing species included in this table.
    When filleting fish on a vessel, each fillet must bear a one-inch square patch of skin.
    For the latest information, call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations Hotline at 1-813-649-2801.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Aggregate Information Name: Finfish (in CA) Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2019
    from January 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit
    Take is prohibited seaward of the 40-fathom (240 feet) depth contour, as defined in federal regulations (50 CFR Part 660, Subpart C).
    Divers, Shore-based Anglers: Open year-round
    . Divers and shore-based anglers are exempt from season restrictions affecting the RCG complex and other federally managed groundfish. However, when spear fishing during a boat-based closure, only spear fishing gear is allowed aboard any vessel or watercraft. Also, when angling from shore during a boat- based closure, no vessel or watercraft may be used to assist in taking or possessing species included in this table.
    When filleting fish on a vessel, each fillet must bear a one-inch square patch of skin.
    For the latest information, call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations Hotline at 1-813-649-2801.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Aggregate Information Name: Finfish (in CA) Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2019
    from January 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit
    May 1-Oct 31: Take is prohibited seaward of the 20-fathom (120 feet) depth contour, as defined in federal regulations (50 CFR Part 660, Subpart C).
    Nov 1-Dec 31: May be taken at any depth
    Divers, Shore-based Anglers: Open year-round. Divers and shore-based anglers are exempt from season restrictions affecting the RCG complex and other federally managed groundfish. However, when spear fishing during a boat-based closure, only spear fishing gear is allowed aboard any vessel or watercraft. Also, when angling from shore during a boat- based closure, no vessel or watercraft may be used to assist in taking or possessing species included in this table.
    When filleting fish on a vessel, each fillet must bear a one-inch square patch of skin.
    For the latest information, call the Recreational Groundfish Fishing Regulations Hotline at 1-813-649-2801.

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