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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Early online date02 Jun 2021
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Publication statusEarly online date - 02 Jun 2021

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© 2021 The Authors. Journal of Fish Biology © 2021 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

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