Manta and Devil Rays (Mobulids) of the Eastern Tropical Pacific - Fact sheet for the 89th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).
Manta and devil ray species (family Mobulidae) are facing heavy targeted and incidental fishing pressure around the world, increasingly driven by escalating Chinese demand for their gill plates. These large, migratory rays are inherently vulnerable to overexploitation due to exceptionally low productivity and aggregating behavior. Largely unregulated fishing mortality risks the depletion of populations as well as the substantial revenue possible through tourism. Protections through the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) are warranted to preserve ecological and economic benefits, bolster existing national safeguards, and prevent long-standing depletion. Such action will also complement and fulfill obligations for these species associated with listings under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
For more information read our joint IATTC 2015 Position Statement on Shark an Ray Conservation Measures