die Dekadenz scheint keine Grenzen mehr zu kennen.
Vermehrt werden jetzt auch diese wunderbaren, friedlichen Geschöpfe gejagt - wegen ihr KIEMEN !
http://www.mantatrust.org/fishing-for-g ... or-mantas/
"The gill plate trade and fisheries in South East Asia are perhaps the single greatest threat to global manta ray populations. Worryingly, in the last few months we have seen a number of web stories and photos documenting manta rays being fished in Chinese harbours , particularly oceanic mantas, Manta birostris.
Fished oceanic manta in Beihai, China. Picture sourced from Banoosh.com.
The two links below show the landing of two oceanic mantas – one in Taizhou, East China’s Zhejiang province back in September 2012 and the other in Beihai in the Guangxi area, caught only days ago on the 3rd January 2013.
Manta caught in Taizhou: http://goo.gl/zRlbU
Manta caught in Beihai: http://goo.gl/Mpndb
Both these individuals were giants – mature adults, each weighing over one tonne and are perhaps some of the largest oceanic mantas ever recorded, with estimated wingspans of between 6-8m for both individuals.
Although only a handful of photos of particularly big individuals are making it online, there is a high likelihood that numerous smaller mantas and mobula rays are being caught in the same Chinese harbours and are going undocumented.
Fished oceanic manta in Taizhou, China. Picture sourced from Asia News.
China is the primary driver behind the global demand for gill plates and up until now, it has been thought that they were sourcing them mostly from overseas – hence the targeted fisheries we see in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
The fact that these individuals were caught in Chinese waters and were caught on opposite ends of the country’s expansive coastline, may reflect China’s increasing demand for manta gill plates as well as dwindling or inadequate supply from its traditional sources.
The Manta Trust is part of a global team of organisations that are applying for these animals to become protected under Appendix II of CITES (the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species). The next meeting where member states vote on such applications is being held on 3-14th March 2013 in Bangkok.
With such an alarming pattern beginning to take shape, it is now more important than ever to successfully protect both species of manta under international law.
Visit the various pages on our website to find more information on the manta gill plate trade and our work towards protecting them under CITES.
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Article tags: China, CITES, Conference, Fisheries, Manta Trust, Oceanic mantas
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