New Suit Defends Sharks, Rays From Lethal Fisheries
The Center and allies, represented by Earthjustice, have sued the Trump administration for failing to protect whitetip sharks and giant manta rays from deadly fishing gear in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
Both of these great, majestic sea creatures have suffered dramatic declines because of overfishing. Whitetip populations have declined by up to 88 percent in the Atlantic, while those of giant manta rays — which have wingspans as wide as 29 feet — have plummeted by as much as 95 percent.
"These sharks and rays won federal protection, but they're still being slaughtered by reckless fishing practices," said Center attorney Catherine Kilduff.
Read more in our press release.