Devil and Manta Rays (Mobulidae) are a family of species that are highly mobile, broadly distributed and routinely cross international boundaries. They are globally threatened by directed and non-directed fisheries that retain these fishes for their gill plates, which are highly valued in Asian markets. Over the past five years, restrictions on fishing and trade have been increasing for both devil and manta rays. However, the implementation of effective protections depends entirely upon the availability and communication of relevant scientific knowledge, to those people best placed to take action. In 2014, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG) convened a workshop aimed at developing a global strategy for the conservation of devil and manta rays.
The role of the SSG in advancing this conservation strategy was to provide a suitable environment and framework for a broad group of people and organizations who play key roles in the conservation of devil and manta rays, The global conservation strategy was released in early February 2016, prior to the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS) Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (Sharks-MOU) Second Meeting of the Signatories (MOS2), where it was available for Signatories as an Information Document.
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