Winter Skate (NJ, USA)

Winter Skate, one of the most ancient fish living today in our oceans, is only found in the western North Atlantic.  Its range is from Newfoundland, Canada to Cape Hatteras, NC.  Except for the summer months, Winter Skate is plentiful in our coastal waters.  The species has long been a bycatch fishery.  As of recently, the Skate is now targeted directly by gill netters and managed well.  Most of the Skate we catch is exported to Europe where it is better known and appreciated.  Skate does not have any bones; the flesh is delicate but firm and has a mild and pronounced flavor. Usually prepared by poaching, steaming or quick frying, and is often paired with capers and acidic accompaniments.