Giant Oceanic Manta Ray Murder in Peru Caused Environmentalists Horrify

08.05.2015

Fishermen from the United States, Eric Cruz, caught a giant record-breaking stingray while fishing on a rented boat in the territorial waters of Peru. Fish weights about one ton, and it is about seven meters wide. The fishermen took plenty photos with a bloody catch on the shore, butchered it and sold it directly on the beach. Eric Cruz himself says that he had no purpose to catch a stingray, but representatives of environmental organizations, were horrified by these photos.

Giant Oceanic Manta Ray Murder in Peru Caused Environmentalists Horrify

Giant ocean rays are vulnerable species precisely because of the problem of by-catch, environmentalists say. They are often caught in the trawls designed for fishing bluefin tuna and other large fish. The rays themselves have no commercial value, however, it is their catch which reduced their number several times. The thing is that they reproduce very slowly. Rays become mature at the age of 10-15 years, and they give birth to one calf every 2-7 years. Environmentalists think that the only way to fight their catch is to prohibit using large trawls in their habitat. And while this problem has been already solved in the Maldives, it is still urgent for Peru. By the way, despite the fact that Eric Cruz has not violated the law, still he had to give explanations to local law enforcement authorities.