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 their 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?
Project AWARE and our partners worked hard and succeeded in helping to get mantas protected under CITES to ensure that international trade in these animals is strictly controlled and held to sustainable levels. But we’re not stopping there. Check out Project AWARE’s infographic, Manta and Devil Rays at Risk, and find out what’s at risk and what you can do to help.
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