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US Atlantic skate fishery receives MSC certification

The US Atlantic Winter Skate fishery in the Northwest Atlantic has been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

The assessment, executed by independent conformity assessment body MRAG Americas, was requested by the Sustainable Fisheries Association.

The assessment was completed as part of a scope extension under the US Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery certificate.

Skate are a relative of sharks and rays and have a kite-like shape. The skate fishery began to develop in the 1990s as it was marketed as an underutilized species.

The fishery is certified until 2024.

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