Fished at alarming rates, manta and devil rays line the streets of many fish markets around the world – sought primarily for their gill rakers – the feathery structures these filter feeders use to strain food as they glide through the water. At a one-time payout of about $250 per kilogram versus approximately $1 million in tourism over a manta’s lifetime, is it really worth the destruction?
El pleno de CITES celebrado hoy ha aceptado las recomendaciones del Comité de incluir en los Apéndices de CITES a cinco especies de tiburones objeto de un comercio importante, así como las de incluir en dicha Convención tanto a las mantarayas como a una especie de pez sierra.
A presentation by David Roe, Project AWARE's Marine Conservation Officer, that shows how you can help protect our friends the sharks.
Sharks are in danger and divers can play a major role in their protection. Many shark populations have decreased by over 80% yet global demand for their fins and meat is driving them ever closer to extinction. Weak and lacking fishing regulations means the ocean is being emptied of sharks, and yet they play a crucial role in keeping our ocean healthy.
International trade in wild plants and animals is estimated to be worth billions of dollars a year and, in too many cases, it threatens species survival. We’re working to use the power of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to help protect threatened, commercially valuable shark and ray species - sought for fins, meat, oil, teeth cartilage, wings and gill plates – from the devastating effects of unregulated, international trade.
They’re easy targets. Moving slowly through the ocean, often in predictable aggregations – these gentle, filter-feeding giants and their smaller cousins the devil rays - are being fished at an alarming rate.