Skate

Skate

Skate

At a glance

Eco-rating Mercury Omega-3s
+-Longnose skate
Best
Low

Many species of skate (which are closely related to sharks) around the world are threatened. This is because of severe overfishing, low reproductive rates, and a poor understanding of their biology. However the skates caught off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington are in much better shape thanks to a new type of management program, which has helped fishermen stay within catch limits, avoid overfished species and stay out of sensitive areas. As a result, these species are now considered a sustainable choice.

+-Big skate
OK
Moderate

Many species of skate (which are closely related to sharks) around the world are threatened. This is because of severe overfishing, low reproductive rates, and a poor understanding of their biology. However the skates caught off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington are in much better shape thanks to a new type of management program, which has helped fishermen stay within catch limits, avoid overfished species and stay out of sensitive areas. As a result, these species are now considered a sustainable choice.

+-California skate
OK
Moderate

Many species of skate (which are closely related to sharks) around the world are threatened. This is because of severe overfishing, low reproductive rates, and a poor understanding of their biology. However the skates caught off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington are in much better shape thanks to a new type of management program, which has helped fishermen stay within catch limits, avoid overfished species and stay out of sensitive areas. As a result, these species are now considered a sustainable choice.

+-Skate (Atlantic)
Worst
Moderate

MORE ABOUT SKATE

The winter skate prefers gravelly and sandy bottoms in shallower northern waters. To ward off predators and attack prey, it shoots out a pulse of electricity that stuns them. It is used only for the manufacture of fishmeal and grows to over 3 feet (0.9 meter) in length.

Commercial Sources

Winter skate are found in the western North Atlantic, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada to North Carolina.

The main source of winter skate is the United States.

Capture Methods

Winter skate come from marine fisheries, not fish farms. They are primarily caught with bottom trawls and gillnets. Additional types of fishing gear include hooks-and-lines.

Recommended servings per month

Contaminant Men Women Kids 6-12 Kids 0-5
Skate (Atlantic) Mercury 4+ 4+ 4+ 3
Longnose skate Mercury
Big skate Mercury
California skate Mercury
Eco details: 

Winter skates are a long-lived, slow-maturing species that have few offspring. Juvenile winter skates are often caught by accident, since they resemble the more abundant little skate. Overall, populations are depleted and skate management in the U.S. is in an early stage.