Thursday, 2 October 2014

Manta Ray Traffickers Busted in Indonesia

By Megan Gannon, News Editor | October 02, 2014 07:30am ET

Authorities in Indonesia are cracking down on wildlife traffickers who illegally sell the parts of sharks, rays and other marine creatures.

In a series of arrests from August to September, police caught four people peddling the gills, snouts and other parts of rays, among other animal products, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced.

On Aug. 22, in Surabaya, Indonesia, authorities arrested a trader named Suep who owns the company Sido Mampir Seafood and was involved in a shipment of 28 lbs. (13 kilograms) of turtle meat and 110 lbs. (50 kg) of gill plates — nearly half of which came from manta rays newly protected under Indonesian law.

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