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Winter Skate (Leucoraja Ocellata)

Existing Protection or Other Status

In Canadian waters, commercial catches are regulated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. All populations in Canadian waters are subject to bycatch. The only directed fishery in Canadian waters exists on the eastern Scotian Shelf where annual Total Allowable Catches (TACs) have declined from 2000 t in 1994 to 200 t, a TAC set initially in 2002. Winter skate currently have no status under IUCN.