Some problems exist with this species' status or catch methods, or information is insufficient for evaluating.Skate, Winter – U.S. AtlanticThese fish contain levels of mercury or PCBs that may pose a health risk to adults and children. Our source of information is  We also recommend that you check local advisories.

Seven species of skate – Winter, Barndoor, Thorny, Little, Rosette, Clearnose, and Smooth Skate – make up the U.S. Northeast Skate Complex. However, Winter Skate is currently the only species that is commercially caught for human consumption. (Retention of Thorny Skate is prohibited.) They are sold as wings, fillets, or imitation scallops.

Skates are typically long-lived, mature slowly, and have low fecundity (fertility), making them vulnerable to fishing pressure. Winter Skate in the U.S. Atlantic are moderately abundant.

Winter Skates are most commonly caught with bottom otter trawls, which damage the seafloor and catch some depleted species, like Atlantic cod. Sink gillnets are also used to catch Winter Skate. Sink gillnets cause less damage to the seafloor compared to bottom trawls, but may catch endangered North Atlantic right whales and threatened Atlantic sturgeon.

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This species may have moderately high levels of mercury that could pose a health risk to adults and children. More info here about mercury in skate. Check out our mercury in seafood section.