Mantas and Devil Rays are all mobulidae, an endangered spieces found in the Indian Ocean and Sri Lanka is the number one killer.
The gill plates (the Prebranchial Appendages) of Mobula rays are sought after in Traditional Chinese Medicine which is the driving force behind this illegal trade.
This series of images details the industry in Negombo. The fishing capital of Sri Lanka - a country which is facing an ongoing economic crisis and a fishing community that struggle to feed their families.
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