Initial studies have shown that spiny dogfish have the capacity to cope with transport and captive stress. Studying the effects of rapidly changing environments not only holds implications for aquaria and research in confined settings, but can also be utilized as an additional treatment in fisheries studies.

Our work with spiny dogfish has shown that they have marked ability to cope with transport and confinement stress. Previous studies on other fishes in captivity have documented immunosuppressive responses and chronically altered levels of certain physiological parameters. However, the captive environment can be a valuable setting in which to conduct fishery-related stress investigations in that animals can be acclimated to similar conditions at the onset of experiments and stressors can be more strategically applied and studied.