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

CITES plenary heeft vandaag het Commissie advies overgenomen om vijf veel verhandelde haaiensoorten op te nemen in de CITES appendices, samen met twee mantaray soorten en een zoetwater zaagvis. Japan, gesteund door Gambia en India, protesteerde tevergeefs tegen het Commissie besluit om de Oceanic White Tip haai op de lijst te zetten. Grenada en China probeerden tevergeefs de discussie te heropenen betreffende drie Hamerhaai soorten. Colombia, Senegal, Mexico en andere landen verdedigden het Commissie besluit de haaiensoorten toe te voegen aan de lijst.

jul. 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 this March 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.