Ted Williams's Blog Archive November, 2011

Nations Agree to Protect Giant Manta Rays

UN Conservation Convention Accepts Ecuador Proposal to List Largest Living Rays

Bergen, Norway. November 25, 2011:
Shark Advocates International is heralding today’s overwhelming agreement by Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to list the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) under CMS Appendix I and II. The listing obligates CMS member countries to provide strict national protections for giant manta rays and their key habitats, and encourages concerted global and regional action among all Range States to conserve the iconic species. Manta rays are under increasing threat from East Asian demand for their gill rakers, used in Chinese medicine, which is driving targeted fisheries.