Disheartening - source.
Bravo Fiji and WWF Pacific!
This is excellent stuff.
Fiji is spearheading efforts to list the Reef Manta, Manta alfredi and the Mobulas under the CMS, this in addition to the Giant, or Pelagic Manta, Manta birostris that was listed in 2011. This is also particularly timely in view of the risk that now that Indonesia is going to (eventually...) shut down the fishery, the trade may seek to source those gill rakers in new markets.
And talking about the Mobulas.
You really gotta check out this article about their deep diving behavior that has led to a unique morphological adaptation of their brain - fascinating stuff!
And incidentally, good to finally see some published research!
Following the breakthrough with the Mantas, the Mobulas are certainly prime candidates for listing under Appendix II at the next CITES CoP - that is, provided that the infamous Mobula fans and the researchers come up with the necessary data like what has been done by DaMary, Christine and many others for their big cousins!
Just sayin' - chop chop!