Manta Rays: How illegal Trade Eats Its Own Lunch - Ocean Poaching | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

March 5, 2013 Damian Carrington: The Guardian Environment

 

The gills of this magnificent glider of the oceans are valuable, but the rays are worth far more alive than dead.

If you think that protecting wildlife, especially the big, sexy creatures, is a worthy thing to do but has little to with the lives of people, consider the case of the manta ray. A trade in their gills worth just $5-10m a year is devastating their populations which, in the places where it is developed, supports a tourist trade worth well over $100m a year... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2013/mar/05/manta-rays-cites-illegal-wildlife-trade

 

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