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Video: Scuba Divers Rescue Entangled Manta Ray from Fishing Line

Divers untangled a manta ray from fishing line

A diver untangling the manta ray from fishing gear. (Photo: Oceano VideoSub / YouTube)

Manta rays are some of the most beautiful and eloquent fish in the ocean, but also one of the most threatened.  Harvested for their skin, cartilage, and gill rakers in traditional Chinese medicine, these cartilaginous species are subject to overfishing, bycatch, and a range of other threats.


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House Committee Approves Bill that Moves Fisheries Management Backward

Loggerhead sea turtle caught on a longline

A Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) caught on a longline in the Mediterranean. (Photo: Oceana / Mar Mas)

Responsible fisheries management took a hit today as the House Committee on Natural Resources passed a bill that threatens to undo the significant progress the United States has made in reversing the effects of decades of overfishing and making the U.S. a world leader in fisheries management. H.R. 4742, sponsored by committee chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), our nation’s primary fisheries management law.


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Destructive Fishing Gear Kills 400K+ Seabirds per Year

Hundreds of thousands of seabirds like this critically endangered waved albatross chick are snared and drowned by gillnets around the world every year. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

“Walls of death.” Gillnets have often been described in this haunting way due to their devastating ability to catch all kinds of fish, as well as sea turtles, seals, dolphins, and even whales. Marine creatures of all sizes and species are indiscriminately snared and drowned in these death traps, and a recent report reveals that even birds are being killed by these sea nets. A study in the journal Biological Conservation reported that fishing vessels that deploy gillnets snare and drown at least 400,000 sea birds around the world every year. The actual figure could be even higher.


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