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Posted Mon Mar 21 2011: from Daily Mail:
Slaughtered for the market place: Huge rise in ray hunting threatens ocean's 'gentle giants'
They are known as the ocean's gentle giants, but an alarming rise in manta and mobula ray hunting could threaten the very existence of the species. From India to Ecuador, manta and mobula fishing has become big business for fisheries who are selling their gills to be used in soups and traditional Chinese medicine. Conservationists have warned that demand could soon rival that of the controversial shark fin trade. The rays are pulled from the ocean, either with fine gill nets or spears, and slaughtered to meet growing demand, mainly from the Chinese market.... A single fishing fleet can easily wipe out a local manta population in weeks or months, with little chance of stocks replenishing given their slow reproduction, limited local populations and lack of migration for some of the species. Their slow maturation and reproductive cycles have raised serious concerns for the future of these species.... No international laws and only a handful of national laws exist to prevent ray fishing.
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