The Next Fight
Giant Manta Rays and the Gill-Plate Trade
WITH FINS ATTACHED
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The Next Fight documentary written by Pamela Martin, is based on the giant manta gill-plate trade and how it is decimating a species.
We are losing the fight to save global shark populations due to factory fishing practices and our unquenchable thirst for shark fin soup. As shark populations decrease the need to find alternative products has begun in the form of the manta gill-plate trade.
Made from cartilage, gill-plates are similar in nature and substance to that of shark fins and is becoming a substitute for dwindling shark fin stocks. Global fishing practices have left marine species on the verge of extinction. Without a drastic shift towards sustainable management of marine resources, we risk imminent collapse of vital marine ecosystems.
The giant manta is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as vulnerable. It is soon to be upgraded to endangered. Slow sexual maturity, long gestation periods and a low number of off-spring means the giant manta will not survive the constant global fisheries’ assault.
An increasing demand for gill parts from a growing Chinese middle class in search of power, wealth and prestige value endangered animal body parts like manta gills for their supposed medicinal qualities.
Many who purchase gill parts are unaware that they are contributing to the plight of an endangered species. We can help these unique, exotic and gentle creatures by raising awareness and emphasising that gill-plates have NO medicinal value.
Giant mantas consume microscopic organisms that feed on much needed oxygen producing phytoplankton. A decline in manta populations can cause oxygen-less oceanic dead zones. Since nearly 70% of our oxygen comes from the ocean, it is essential to protect keystone species such as the giant manta ray.
Will we learn from the mistakes of the past, or will we continue to drive further species in to extinction? Short-term financial gain, ignorance and greed seem to be the mode of operation for humankind. If continued, we are guaranteeing the collapse of global marine ecosystems key to the survival of our planet.
Earth Angels will dive deep in to the unknown world of the mysterious and beautiful giant manta in an effort to build awareness, change consumer behaviour and save a species.
Writer – Pamela Martin currently works as feature editor for Ocean Geographic, is a Submerged Nation Ambassador and Climate Reality Leader, trained by Al Gore. Highlights of her career include; working as a United Nations photographer, covering President Jose Ramos Horta’s last weeks in office, shooting the Presidential Portrait for President Taur Matan Ruak and working on numerous book covers. She has covered a range of stories for Getty Images, Fairfax, Reuters, Australian Associated Press, Ocean Geographic, The Guardian and TIME Online. Her love of the ocean and diving has seen Pamela specialise in underwater photography documenting the Humpback whale populations of the South Pacific, the Sperm whale population of the Azores, shark populations of the Galapagos, Coco’s and Revillagigedos Islands marine protected areas and climate change issues in the High Arctic. Her expertise in this niche field has seen Pamela’s stills published in Ocean Geographic, Submerged Nation, Wild Aid and Conservation International campaigns.