Shutting Down the Manta Trade
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Twice in a one-week on the Indonesia island of Bali, the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), supported by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and local police officers have tracked down and arrested wildlife traders trafficking protected marine species.
Ms. Msl was arrested on October 31, 2014, in the tourist District of Kuta, Bali. She was operating a sea products store which was illegally displaying dried whale shark fins, critically endangered sawfish and offering for sale 15 kilos of sea turtle meat.
On November 7, 2014, just seven days later, in the West coast town of Pengambengan a shark fin trader was arrested, after a tip off from a previous arrest in Surabaya, Java. Suhairi, a 60-year-old shark fin trader was apprehended with 103-kilo of large manta gill plates and 25 kilos of manta —> Read More Here