Stingrays play important roles in marine ecosystems around the world by balancing the food chain as apex predators or allowing other animals to find their prey of choice by displacing sand.
An estimated quarter of elasmobranchs and their relatives are threatened with extinction. The IUCN Red List has the southern and Atlantic stingrays listed as “of least concern” in the U.S., but overall, the species are considered “data deficient” because there is little information available on population trends.
At least nine other species of stingray are at high risk. Some western Pacific cultures value these animals as a source of protein, while others use stingray skin as strong, durable leather. Stingrays are threatened by boat strikes and entanglement in fishing gear, and they are also at risk of overfishing because they grow slowly and produce few young.
There’s a number of simple things you can do to help stingrays from our corner of the world. When at the beach, it is in the animals’ (and your) best interest to practice the “stingray shuffle,” or the act of shuffling your feet across the sand to “warn” stingrays that you are nearby. If you like to fish, be sure to properly dispose of used fishing lines.
Qatica rings are hand crafted from salvaged fishing nets and lines removed from the Ocean. Each ring represents a promise to the planet to keep our oceans clean. Proceeds support ocean cleanup projects & awareness campaigns.
Stingray Ring Details:
Color: 💚 Teal & White
- Material: ♻️ Gill Net
- Location Found: 🏝 Bahamas
- Spring: 💍 Plated Brass
- Waterproof: 🌊 Yes