Status updates for thorny skate in the Canadian Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and smooth skate (Laurentian-Scotian and Funk Island Deep designatable units): Fs70-7/2017-011E-PDF

"In May 2012, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) designated Thorny Skate (Amblyraja radiata) within Canadian waters of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans as a species of Special Concern, and Smooth Skate (Malacoraja senta) in the Funk Island Deep and Laurentian-Scotian Designatable Units (DUs) as Endangered and of Special Concern, respectively. Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) species listing process requires listing recommendations to be provided to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) regarding each of these species’ DUs. To facilitate this activity, DFO-Science has been requested to update existing annual survey indices for Thorny Skate and Smooth Skate to inform the regional listing advice. This paper provides updated research survey indices for Thorny Skate in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, and Smooth Skate in the Funk Island Deep and Laurentian-Scotian DUs, as well as reported fisheries landings and estimated bycatch of each species. This Science Response Report results from the DFO Science Response Process of 29 November 2016 on the “Status Updates for Thorny Skate (Atlantic/Arctic Designated Unit) and Smooth Skate (Laurentian-Scotian and Funk Island Deep Designatable Units)”--Context, p. [1].

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Title Status updates for thorny skate in the Canadian Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and smooth skate (Laurentian-Scotian and Funk Island Deep designatable units)
Series Title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Science response,
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Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
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Note Issued also in French under title: Mises à jour sur la situation de la raie épineuse dans les eaux canadiennes des Océans Atlantique et Arctique et de la raie à queue de velours (unités désignables du chenal Laurentien et du plateau néo-écossais ainsi que de la fosse de l'île Funk). Caption title. "March 2017." "This report is available from the Centre for Science Advice (CSA), Newfoundland and Labrador Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada"--p. 29.
Date 2017.
Number of Pages 29 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-7/2017-011E-PDF
Subject Terms Fisheries resources, Salt water fish, Fishing area, Fisheries management