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Blonde ray (Raja brachyura) are the main target species in the southern Irish Sea skate fishery, and an important target in the Bristol Channel skate fishery. Elsewhere this coastal and inner shelf species is mainly taken as bycatch in trawl and gillnet fisheries. As one of the larger and more marketable species in the skate complex, it may be targeted in some local, seasonal fisheries (ICES 2012).
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