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Sand Sharks in Long Island Sound

zackly | Aug 28, 201705:55 AM

I've been catching a few of these lately and I've considered keeping one to eat but I'm confused. Growing up on the CT side, we always called them "sand sharks" and considered them a trash fish. I thought that they were the same specie as dogfish, which I've read is a popular cheap replacement specie for cod and haddock in fish and chips restaurants in Great Britain. A Google search reveals there are three species, sand tiger shark, as well as smooth and spiny dogfish native to LI Sound. My question is, are they similar, culinarily speaking? Also, I've heard that unless they are handled correctly, bleeding immediately and possibly brining they can taste of ammonia. Does anyone have any experience with these fish? Thanks!

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