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?

Mar. 15/13

Oggi, l'Assemblea Plenaria del CITES ha accettato le raccomandazioni del Comitato a proposito dell'inserimento nella “CITES Appendices” di cinque specie di squali altamente minacciate, di ambo le specie di razze ed una di pesci sega. Il Giappone, appoggiato da Gambia ed India, ha inutilmente tentato di opporsi alla decisione del Comitato di inserire nell'elenco lo Squalo Longimanus, mentre Grenada e Cina non sono riuscite a riaprire il dibattito sull'inserimento di tre specie di squali martello.

Feb. 27/13

Se hai sostenuto la campagna Project AWARE, firmato la nostra petizione per gli squali o perorato la tutela degli squali nella tua comunità … allora questo messaggio è per te.

Lug. 07/12
MIDE Dive Expo
Putra World Trade Centre
Kuala Lumpur
3° 8' 11.3892" N, 101° 41' 35.7288" E

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.


We did it! Five species of highly traded sharks, both manta rays and one species of sawfish were listed under CITES at the conclusion of CoP16 held in March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more about these historic decisions for some of the world’s most vulnerable sharks and rays.


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.