Determining the Fate of the Cownose Ray

Cownose Rays 02Oyster restoration efforts around the Chesapeake Bay come with a variety of concerns including one that returns every spring with the annual migration of the cownose ray. A new Florida State University report published by Nature is using new data to refute claims that cownose rays are responsible for the collapse of the oyster industry. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

 

  1. #1 by Mary Finelli on February 20, 2016 - 7:36 am

    It’s pollution, disease (largely caused by pollution) and overcollection for human consumption that are to blame for diminished oyster populations. Cownose rays have been scapegoated for it and wantonly targeted in savage, ecologically reckless killing contests, after which their dead bodies are dumped back into the water.

    The rays are native to the Bay and an integral part of the ecosystem. Please sign the petition calling for an end to the massacre of these gentle, graceful animals: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/451/235/724/stop-the-mutilation-of-stingrays/

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