Rock Salmon
Spiny Dogfish © Andy Murch.

Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias), are also known as Spurdog and Piked Dogfish and were once amongst the most abundant species of shark in the world.  However intense fishing pressure has brought many populations around the world to the brink of catastrophe. The IUCN Shark Specialist Group estimated that the Northeast Atlantic population has declined by over 95%, in this region and are now considered to be Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with their global status listed as Vulnerable.

Consumed in many European countries Spiny Dogfish have historically been favoured by fish and chip shops in the UK and are sold under the ambiguous names of Rock Salmon, Rock Eel, Flake or Huss. Many customers who purchase this are therefore unlikely to realise they are buying a vulnerable species of shark. Although this species has a zero TAC and so cannot be landed in EU waters by EU and third country vessels, it can still be imported from other nations which do permit landings so it is legal to trade.

If you see Rock Salmon for sale then please let us know, but remember it is still legal to sell Spiny Dogfish, providing it is not caught from an EU fishery.

➤ Download the Spiny Dogfish Fisheries Advisory