Is Cape Cod a Natural Delineation for Migratory Patterns in US and Canadian Spiny Dogfish Stocks?
- Program: Southern New England Collaborative Research Initiative
- Total Amount Awarded: $176,348
- Project Duration: August 1, 2010 - December 1, 2012
- Status: Completed
- Roger Rulifson, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, East Carolina University
- Jennifer Cudney-Burch, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, East Carolina University
- Andrea Dell'Apa, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, East Carolina University
- Michael Pratt, F/V Perfect C's
- Thomas Bell, F/V Michael Brandon
- Ian Parente, F/V Odyssey and F/V Mister Jake
The goal of this project is to estimate the amount of mixing between US and Canadian spiny dogfish stocks. The objectives involved tagging and releasing spiny dogfish north and south of Cape Cod using commercial fishing gear and techniques, characterizing changes in sex ratio and size of spiny dogfish captures through a typical commercial fishing day, compiling tag return information provided by commercial and sport fishers, analyzing tag return data and ultimately providing a report of publishable quality to the funding agency.