Viking Village
Box 458
1801 Bayview Ave
Barnegat Light
New Jersey 08006
Fax 361-9536

Viking Village
•Geographic range: In the western North Atlantic from Greenland to Argentina (but most abundant from Nova Scotia to Cape Hatteras); in the eastern Atlantic from Iceland and the northern Russian coast to South Africa, including the Mediterranean and Black Seas. 
•Habitat: Dogfish prefer water temperatures from 45° to 55° F. They're found inshore and offshore of the continental and insular shelf and upper slopes, usually near the bottom but also in mid-water and at the surface. Dogfish are often found in enclosed bays and estuaries.
•Life span: Long - males live up to 35 years and females live up to 40 years. 
•Food: Many species of fish and crustaceans but generally whichever species is most abundant at the time. 
•Growth rate: Slow
•Maximum size: Males grow up to 3.3 feet, and females grow up to 4 feet.
•Reaches reproductive maturity: Males are able to spawn at 6 years and 23 inches; females mature at 12 years and 30 inches. Since sharks take many years to mature and only bear a small number of live young after a long gestation period, they are especially vulnerable to overfishing. In the U.S. dogfish fishery, commercial fishermen tend to target larger dogfish, which are primarily females as they grow larger than males. This appears to have had a significant impact on recruitment as a healthy population of large mature females is necessary to reproduce and sustain the dogfish stock. 
•Reproduction: Females each have 2 to 12 eggs per season. They bear live young, after a gestation period of about 18 to 24 months, and typically produce 2 to 15 pups, with an average of 6.
•Spawning season: Winter
•Spawning grounds: Offshore waters
•Migrations: Related to water temperature - dogfish are found in North Carolina and southern New England during spring and autumn but migrate northward to the Gulf of Maine-Georges Bank region and into Canadian waters in summer and southward in autumn and winter. Mature dogfish also school by size and sex.
•Predators: A variety of shark species including sixgill, sevengill, leopard, and great white; a variety of larger fishes such as lancetfishes and some rockfish; and some marine mammals. 
•Commercial or recreational interest: Both, although recreational only when preferred target species are unavailable
•Distinguishing characteristics: Dogfish are slim, with a narrow, pointed snout and characteristic white spots. They have two dorsal fins with ungrooved large spines and are colored grey above and white below.
{Excerpted from NOAA/NMFS Fishwatch}
     Atlantic Spiny Dogfish are small sharks that form large schools in coastal waters from Nova Scotia to North Carolina. They are targeted by our gillnetters with landings mainly in late fall, peaking in November. Spiny Dogfish are MSC certified, meaning that they are sustainable and responsibly harvested with very little by-catch.
     The principal market for Spiny Dogfish is in Europe where they are the traditional species used extensively in English fish and chips. It doesn't end there however, as the belly flaps are considered a delicacy in Germany, the fins are consumed in southeast Asia and the cartiledge is utilized in the manufacture of anti-tumor supplements.
Atlantic Spiny Dogfish
 Spiny Dogfish Recipes 

  • 2 to 3 lbs. of Spiny Dogfish fileted into strips and cut into 4" to 6" pieces
  • 1/2 Cup of White Flour
  • 1 Cup Milk & 2 Eggs mixed together
  • 1 Cup of Bread Crumbs
      As shown in the accompanying video, the fish is fileted and cut into pieces, coated with flour, dipped into the milk and egg mixture, then into the breadcrumbs to coat.
      The breaded fish can be either deep fried or pan fried in oil heated to about 325 degrees. As Mustache Bill explains in the video, the moderate temperature of the oil actually allows the filets to cook through more quickly. 
      In a deep fryer the fish should be cooked until golden brown and floating. 
"Cook it till it swims..."
      If cooking in an oil filled pan on the stovetop, cook until it has reached a crisp golden brown.
      Serve with French Fries, Coleslaw, Malt Vinegar and a "Cockney accent".
Click Here... access a video featuring
"Mustache Bill's" 
chef Bill Smith 
preparing delicious 
"Spiny Dogfish Fish & Chips".
      It's interesting to note that while Spiny Dogfish is widely utilized in Europe
      especially as the ingredient in delicious  Fish & Chips platters in England, it is a
      decidedly underutilized species in the U.S. Consequently Spiny Dogfish stocks are
      very healthy and these voracoius predators are very likely a quite significant factor
      in decimating other more widely utilized species including Cod, Haddock,
      Flounder, Mackerel and Squid. Developing a local market for Spiny Dogfish as the species used in Fish & Chips therefore, would be a "Win / Win" situation. 
As the saying goes, "Try may like it"