30 Sep '14, 7am

In Indonesia, a Major Arrest of Manta Ray Trader by Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries

WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit assists Ministry in bust Arrest marks first-ever enforcement action of Indonesia’s recent national protection of manta rays Indonesia operates largest known shark and ray fisheries on earth NEW YORK (SEPTEMBER 30, 2014) – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced today the first-ever series of enforcement actions against a trader of sharks and rays in Indonesia, home to the largest shark fisheries on earth. Between August 22nd and September 26th, 2014, the team of officials, led by Pantja Waluyo Prasetyanto of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, arrested four traders of CITES-listed sharks and rays products, assisted by the WCS Wildlife Crimes Unit. The first arrest took place on August 22nd in Surabaya, Indonesia, the nation...

Full article: http://www.wcs.org/press/press-releases/manta-ray-poacher...

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