Ovoviviparous, meaning that the eggs develop and hatch inside the female and she gives birth to live babies 
Targeted by recreational anglers, small-scale commercial fisheries, and marine aquaria collectors in ocean waters adjacent to California 
- A slender bodied houndshark with a pair each of triangular dorsal fins and pectoral fins; distinctive dark spots and saddle-like markings on dorsal side, giving the shark its name 
- Adult length ranges from 1.2-1.5 m (4-5 ft); size at birth 18-20 cm (7-8 in), and mature at 0.7-1.3 m (2-4 ft) 
- Eastern Pacific, from Oregon to Baja California, Mexico, and into the Gulf of California 
- Males live to at least 24 years old and females live to at least 20 years old 
- Maturity for males is reached between 7-13 years and females between 10-15 years of age 
- Little is know about mating behavior with only one documented observation of mating in the wild, 19 m from shore and in 1-3 m (3-9 ft.) depth water in La Jolla, California in August 2003. Mating is said to take place after spring birthing 
- Ovoviviparous, eggs hatched in body, females gives birth to 7-36 live young between March and July, peaking in April and May, after an estimated 10-12 month gestation period 
- Primarily found in water less than 18 m (60 ft) in depth but seen as deep as 83 m (273 ft) 
- Found year round along the open coast particularly in kelp forests, rocky reefs, and near sandy beaches 
- Nomadic active swimmers that may form schools that are segregated by size and sex 
- Their movements are tidal related, moving inshore to feed during high tide. They retreat to deeper water during low tide 
- Known to aggregate with other elasmobranchs (e.g., bat ray, smoothhound sharks, sevengill sharks) 
- Opportunistic , feeding on a wide variety of primarily benthic prey but adults also eat anchovy, herring, sculpins, croakers, surfperch, rockfish, and small elasmobranches. Diet varies by location, season, and age.
- Preyed upon by other sharks, such as the sevengill shark and great white shark.
- Available year round in San Diego, California 
- Regulated and managed by NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries, and Pacific Fishery Management Council under the Federal Groundfish Fishery Management Plan [2,4,12]
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contribute to management
- Gill nets, troll, longline, hook and line [5,12]
Status of the fishery
- Low numbers reported in 1986, mainly in San Francisco, due to over fishing; catch restrictions set shortly after included a size limit of 36 in (0.9 m), a catch limit of 3, as well as boating and depth laws and gear regulations [4,12]
- Little is known about the size of the fishery and/or population relative to the size prior to 1992-1995 regulations 
- Most caught and reported are recreational, non-commercial fishers 
- Currently no concern over the status of populations in California; numbers estimated to be stable with catch restrictions in place 
Potential ecosystem impacts
- Regulation established in 1992 has helped populations recover in San Francisco Bay and beyond 
- White meat 
Description of meat
- White, firm, juicy, and more tightly flaked than most fish 
- Should be gutted and bled out immediately after catching; skin removed before preparation 
- Commonly marinated grilled, baked, sautéed, or broiled 
- Nutritional information for this species could not be found, reported is mixed species of small sharks 
- Good source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, phosphorus, and selenium 
- Nutrition values listed in table 
- No known toxins for this species, but shark in general may contain high levels of urea, arsenic, lead, and mercury 
- Cooking shark in a way that drains fatty juices may reduce any chemicals making the meat safer to eat 
- FDA recommends no more than two servings of shark a month for pregnant women and children under 6 
- Year round availability
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