Repost from @cites Parties to CITES decided at #CoP17 a year ago on 4 October 2016 to bring the amazing #mobula rays (Mobula spp.) under the CITES protection by including them in Appendix II.
Increasing international trade in Mobula gill plates has led to expansion of unsustainable fisheries, which are largely unregulated and unmonitored. As a result, local catch declines of up to 96% for Mobula japanica and 99% for Mobula tarapacana in the Indo-Pacific region have been observed in fished populations over the past ten to fifteen years despite increased directed effort. Small and highly fragmented populations, exceptionally low productivity, and known aggregating behaviour make these species highly vulnerable to exploitation with limited ability to recover from a depleted state.
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