Threatened species yes/no? What about Eczoil®?
We often receive concerned messages regarding the threat of extinction to the rays in our oceans. There are indeed a number of species mentioned on the Cites lists*. These are lists drafted by international organisations of species protected by law against overfishing1.
If you consider how rays are divided taxonomically – the Batoidea super-order and the Myliobatiformes – you see a division in families between whiptail stingrays (Dasyatidae) and eagle rays (Myliobatidae). The beautiful manta ray forms part of this latter family grouping and are very rare indeed.
Not one of the family of whiptail rays is listed on a CITES list (see CITES list of a ray species2), which means that these rays are not under threat. Our fishermen in the Caribbean confirm this, as whiptail rays are often found in their nets, which Eczoil® processes in a sustainable manner into a pure product.