For a long time, spiny dogfish were nothing more than pests to Cape Cod’s fishermen. They clogged fishing nets and feasted on precious baby cod. But today, many fishermen see dogfish as the catch of the future. “This is the fish we could feed the United States with,” says Chatham fisherman Doug Feeney. There’s one problem. Americans accustomed to rich and flaky cod aren’t so sure about this little shark. Today, the Cape’s iconic cod are hard to come by and are heavily regulated. Dogfish, on the other hand, practically jump into fishermen’s boats. Fisherman can easily fill their entire boat with dogfish in a day. Most of that catch gets shipped overseas to Europe. But the sustainable seafood industry is working to whet Americans’ appetites. Last year, as part of their “Pier to Plate” project, the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance gave away more than 4,000 pounds of dogfish to local restaurants and events to promote locally caught fish. Some distributors are toying with new names to help shift attitudes. Cape shark, anyone?
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