This September 2016, brings new hope for the devils when the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES CoP17) convenes. There, the Fijian government, already backed by 21 countries and the EU, will seek the support of the majority of the 182 CITES parties to put in place limits on the international trade in all nine devil ray species under CITES Appendix II listing.
This video was created to raise awareness of the plight of the species and encourage support and donations.
At the last CITES CoP16, you helped Project AWARE secure similar measures for manta rays and we’re counting on you again this year as we’re advocating for the devils.
You can donate to our CITES CoP17 campaign and other actions to help protect threatened sharks and rays by visiting www.projectaware.org/donate.