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January 17, 2021 - Dive Magazine

Manta Rays and Whale Sharks Protected Under New Mozambique Fisheries Law

Manta Rays and Whale Sharks Protected Under New Mozambique Fisheries Law
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The Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) has announced a major legislative victory for ocean life in Mozambique as a new commercial fishing law is introduced, creating protections for a number of endangered species including whale sharks, manta rays and mobula.

The new legislation, effective from 8 January 2021, also includes a raft of new environmental regulations such as a ban on the harvesting of live coral; mandatory turtle-excluder devices on industrial fishing nets; and a prohibition on destructive fishing practices near coral, seagrass and mangrove habitats.

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