Global Population Trends and Human Use Patterns of Manta and Mobula Rays

  title={Global Population Trends and Human Use Patterns of Manta and Mobula Rays},
  author={Christine A. Ward-Paige and Brendal Davis and Boris Worm},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Despite being the world's largest rays and providing significant revenue through dive tourism, little is known about the population status, exploitation and trade volume of the Mobulidae (mobulids; Manta and Mobula spp.). There is anecdotal evidence, however, that mobulid populations are declining, largely due to the recent emergence of a widespread trade for their gill rakers, which is reflected in increasing Food and Agriculture Organization landings trends. Here, we present results from two… CONTINUE READING
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