John F. Whiteside, Jr. was instrumental in expanding the MSC certification of the Atlantic spiny dogfish to cover the remaining offshore areas of five states in the region. Here is an excerpt from the Saving Seafood story:

Washington — February 26, 2013 — Following the success of the certification of the United States East Coast North Atlantic fishery for spiny dogfish to the MSC standard as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in August, 2012, the fishery has expanded the scope of certification to cover the remaining offshore areas of five states in the region: Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. The fishery was entered into the MSC program by the Sustainable Fisheries Association (SFA) and all products from this fishery landed in state and federal waters under Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) management are now eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel.