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Accession Number PB2013-103621
Title Product Development for Cownose Ray.
Publication Date Jan 2012
Media Count 31p
Personal Author R. A. Fisher
Abstract Various products from cownose ray were investigated within this project, from various human consumption products to bait for other fisheries. Collaborative efforts to demonstrate commodity use for the ray was performed between academia and various industries, including: fishing, seafood, pharmaceutical, pet food, and clothing. Products rendered for human consumption show tremendous potential, however, strong and effective consumer education together with dedicated commercial harvesting of ray is needed for products penetration into the various markets. Though cownose ray flesh maintains health-wise benefits of a low fat protein source, consumer acceptance of fish which deviates from the engrained idea that fish should be white and flaky, is paramount for ray market expansion. Likewise, without a sustainable supply of ray from a targeted or by-catch fishery, other viable ray product forms, as liver oil, cartilage, skin (leather), and bait markets will remain skeptical and hesitant to invest in products without consistent production. This project identified plausible markets for the cownose ray resource in the Chesapeake Bay, while also complimenting other funded projects (Fishery Resource Grants and NOAA) researching ray utilization.
Keywords Bait
Chesapeake Bay
Commercial use
Cownose rays

Source Agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS Subject Category 47D - Biological Oceanography
98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
57Z - Zoology
Corporate Author Virginia Inst. of Marine Science, Gloucester Point. Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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