| Back flaps, belly flaps, and whole, frozen sharks are shipped overseas.|
Dogfish can be extremely abundant in coastal NC waters.
|A tagged shark - Floy tags are inserted into the musculature near the dorsal fin.|
Sharks waiting to be processed on the cooperative winter tagging cruise (2008).
A baby shark, prematurely born in the net due to the stress of trawling on the mother.
Processing sharks on the 2009 cooperative winter tagging cruise.
|Commercial fishermen play a vital role in the success of this research.||A shark waiting to be tagged.|
Dr Roger A. Rulifson photographs a shark.
|Tina Moore (NC DMF) holding a spiny dogfish on a past CWT cruise.|
Kelly Register's MSc thesis (NC DMF, Rulifson lab alumni) included a population estimate of coastal spiny dogfish populations.
|Divers (ECU Diving & Water Safety Office) assisted with the deployment of acoustic tracking equipment off the NC coastline.|
|Graduate student Garry Wright (ECU, Biology) has assisted with previous work and is developing a project with Dr Rulifson. Garry has also completed research on dogfish pups.||Fisherman Dewey Hemilright (Wanchese, NC) has been co-PI on several dogfish projects with Dr Rulifson.||Graduate student Jennifer Cudney-Burch (ECU, Coastal Resources Management) is working to characterize spiny dogfish migration patterns using exisiting datasets, acoustic telemetry, and fishermen TEK.|
The North Carolina spiny dogfish fishery ( late 1990s). Photo courtesy of Chris Hickman
|The North Carolina spiny dogfish fishery (late 1990s). Photo courtesy of Chris Hickman.||An "old fashioned" net reel used to process gillnet catches.|
Commercial fishing vessels in Virginia. Photo by B. Sanders.
|Spiny dogfish collected by Virginia commercial fishermen (photo by B. Sanders).||Commercial fisherman Chris Hickman, a co-PI on several dogfish projects, works out of Hatteras, NC.|
|Spiny dogfish harvested off Virginia (photo by B. Sanders).||Same day, but a different angle. Bluefish are often captured with spiny dogfish (photo by B. Sanders).|
Haddock fishermen off Nova Scotia usually encounter spiny dogfish in July. (photo by J. Atwood)
Commercial fishermen onboard the F/V Lady Jennifer out of Nova Scotia, Canada. (photo by J. Atwood)
Eggs and partially developed pups from a female spiny dogfish collected off the NC coast (photo by J. Cudney)
|Pups with yolk sacs attached. Were from a female spiny dogfish collected off the NC coast.|
Near-term pups without an external yolk sac from a female spiny dogfish collected near Diamond Shoals, NC
|A spiny dogfish angled from the Cape Lookout Bight on June 1, 2010.|
Graduate student Dan Zapf holds a smooth dogfish sampled in the Cape Lookout Bight.
|Sampling gear ready for spiny and smooth dogfish.||Graduate student Chuck Bangley weighs a spiny dogfish collected near Cape Lookout, North Carolina.||This pup came from a large, pregnant female collected behind Cape Lookout, NC in June 2010. She had five pups and four eggs in her ovaries.|
|Graduate student Chuck Bangley removes the stomach of a spiny dogfish to investigate dietary contents.||Spiny dogfish angled off the beach near Avon, NC in early December 2010. (photo by Brian Creidler) |
Fisherman Art Creidler holds a spiny dogfish angled off Avon, NC using cut mullet as bait. (photo by Brian Criedler
|Dogfish were a common bycatch species during a NC Sea Grant Fisheries Resources Grant project (09-FEG-09) conducted onboard the F/V Gulfstream III. This project was designed to look at flounder trawl turtle exclusion devices, or "TED's". (photo by Sara Miribilio) ||Spiny dogfish captured by fishermen and NC Sea Grant personnel (FRG# 09-FEG-09). These sharks were captured ~25 miles east of Oregon Inlet in January 2010. (photo by Sara Miribilio)||Would you like to contribute photos or pictures to the spinydogfish.org website? Please email them to Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will be in touch with you about publishing them online.|