5-feet long endangered fish caught, released in sea
According to WWF, the fish ‘mobulid ray’ was caught in tuna gillnet laid down near Ras Zarrien, Pasni Balochistan on October 12, 2015.
There is international concern that mobulids are slow to mature (more than 8-10 years), are long-lived (more than 40 years) but reproduce very slowly. A manta ray will give birth to a single pup every two to five years. These rays are world renowned for their charismatic beauty, gentle behaviour, and inquisitive playful nature. For this reason, tourists spend nearly US $140 million annually to see these rays in the wild providing an important source of income to many countries.
One of the reasons for their decline is the emerging demand for ray gill plates in the traditional Chinese medicine. Although not scientifically proven to have any health benefits, the demand for gill plates has compelled fishermen in some of the countries to target mobulids. Luckily gill plates of mobulids are not exported from Pakistan, but still mobulids are regularly being caught as bycatch of gillnet fisheries in Pakistan.
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