Evidence of egg laying grounds for critically endangered flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius) off Orkney, UK

Natasha D. Phillips, Amy Garbett, Daniel Wise, Sophie L. Loca, Olivia Daly, Lawrence E. Eagling, Jonathan D.R. Houghton, Peter Verhoog, James Thorburn, Patrick C. Collins*

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Abstract

Essential fish habitats (EFHs) are critical for fish life-history events, including spawning, breeding, feeding or growth. Here we provide evidence of EFH for the Critically Endangered flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius) in the waters around the Orkney Isles, Scotland based on citizen-science observation data. The habitats of potential egg laying sites were parametrised as >20m depth, with boulders or exposed bedrock, in moderate current flow (0.3 - 2.8 knots) with low sedimentation. This information provides a significant contribution to our understanding of EFH for flapper skate. 
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
VolumeEarly View
Early online date2 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Egg laying ground
  • Egg nursery
  • Citizen science
  • Common skate

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