As one of the largest species of skate in the Northeast, Winter Skate are harvested for their wings. These skates spend most of their time along the ocean floor where they consume a variety of fish, crustaceans, bivalves, and squid. Winter skates are found from Newfoundland to Cape Hatteras, attaining a maximum size of 60 inches and may live up to 19 years. Skates reproduce by means of an egg case, commonly known as a mermaid’s purse. The majority of the world’s catch of winter skate comes from the U.S. and Canada. The wings of skates are harvested for consumption and have a mild flavor.