NOAA Fisheries focus research on Bering Sea skate nurseries

March 12, 2013

NOAA scientists will be keeping a closer eye on six skate nursery sites in the Bering Sea, following final action by members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at the February meeting in Portland, Oregon.

The Council designated the six sites as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HAPCs) for early life stages of skates and established a research priority to monitor site conditions. The overarching concern is what role skates play in the extremely productive Bering Sea ecosystem, and how susceptible skate eggs may be to both natural and human-caused disturbance.

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