Evidence of egg laying grounds for critically endangered flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius) off Orkney, UK
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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.
Phillips , N D , Garbett , A , Wise , D , Loca , S L , Daly , O , Eagling , L E , Houghton , J D R , Verhoog , P , Thorburn , J & Collins , P C 2021 , ' Evidence of egg laying grounds for critically endangered flapper skate ( Dipturus intermedius ) off Orkney, UK ' , Journal of Fish Biology , vol. Early View . https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14817
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DescriptionFunding information: Surveys were supported by a grant from WWF Netherlands. The writing of this paper was funded via the SeaMonitor project; supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme (Environment Theme) and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) (Grant IVA5060).
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