Mobula rays are also caught in large-scale industrial fisheries as bycatch. Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) are international organizations responsible for the sustainable management of fishery resources.
These bodies are made up of country members who target fish species in a designated area. In the eastern Pacific Ocean, these organizations set out conservation measures to protect Mobulas over wide geographic areas.
Collaborations between scientists, NGOs, industry and fishermen are essential to create agreements that benefit all parties. We collaborate at the RFMO level to study Mobula bycatch, and to co-develop solutions to address it.