Giant manta ray, Manta birostris. (Photo: Arturo de Frias Marques/CC BY-SA 4.0)
Fishing ban for giant manta ray
Monday, January 25, 2016, 21:40 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (Produce) has banned the capture of the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) in the Peruvian marine waters, in order to preserve this species on the coast of the country.
The measure, established by a ministerial decree, is in force since 2 January and prohibits the capture of giant manta ray with any gear or fishing gear or the use of any other catch instrument.
Similarly, it prohibits the landing, transport, retention, processing and/or marketing of this marine species nationwide.
"In the case of incidental catch of giant manta rays, they must be immediately returned to their natural habitat, and they cannot be subject of consumption or trade," the Ministry of Production detailed.
The giant manta ray has slow growth, a life expectancy of more than 40 years, late sexual maturity, long life cycle, low fertility and a reduced number of individuals in its population.
To ensure compliance with these regulations, the Directorate General of Supervision and Control of Produce performs intensive awareness and watchfulness work among the main actors, involving fishermen, traders and consumers through the dissemination of messages that emphasize the importance of the protection of this species.
The one who violates this measure will be sanctioned according to the General Fisheries Act, the Fishing and Aquaculture Inspection and Sanction Rules (RISPAC) and other applicable legal provisions.
The Ministry of Production reported that it has made available various mechanisms to receive complaints against those who violate the rule.