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In Pictures: From nuisance to prized catch - a look at the dogfish

Besides it's diminutive scale, what sets the dogfish apart from other shark fisheries is the fact that it has been deemed a sustainable catch

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The dogfish is a small species of shark that’s being touted as alternative to larger, endangered sharks as a source for shark fin soup.

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In 2011, the B.C. spiny dogfish became the first shark fishery in the world to be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.

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Skipper Brent Shaw watches as his haul of dogfish are off loaded near Port Hardy. It’s believed fins from dogfish could replace those of sharks, thereby ending the debate over a ban.

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Dogfish on ice in the hold boat off the coast of Vancouver Island near Port Hardy.

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The dogfish is a small shark that had long been considered a nuisance in B.C., but a market for its meat has developed in Europe and China.

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