Accomplishments

  • Produced Manta Ray of Hope film to finally expose to the world the growing trade in manta and mobula gill rakers and its devastating impacts on these vulnerable animals.
  • Following in depth investigations, produced the first comprehensive report on the destructive fishing and consumption of mobulids and their economic value to tourism: “The Global Threat to Manta and Mobula Rays”.
  • Worked with members of our scientific advisory team to provide evidence to the Ecuadorian government and CMS delegates, including a condensed version of the MROH report, in support of Ecuador’s proposals to list Manta birostris on Appendices I and II of the CMS Convention. Both proposals were approved overwhelmingly at the 10th meeting of the CMS Convention held November 20 – 25th in Bergen, Norway, marking THE first international measure to protect manta rays.
  • Provided recommendations from “The Global Threat to Manta and Mobula Rays” report to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group via one of our scientific advisors. These recommendations are under consideration for inclusion in the upcoming revision of the Shark Specialist Group Policy Guide as the official Mobulid conservation recommendations. IUCN recommendations are not binding, but can serve as strong influence when proposed to government decision makers.
  • Succeeded in having protection of manta and mobula rays included in the Raja Ampat shark sanctuary decree announced in October 2010.
  • Worked with a partner NGO to have manta and mobula ray parts included in the shark fin trade ban enacted in Guam in February 2011 and in the Micronesian Regional Shark Sanctuary declaration announced in July 2011.
  • Produced “The Global Threat to Manta and Mobula Rays” film, combining chilling, never before seen imagery with narration highlighting the key findings from the report of the same name.
  • Produced a report detailing the economic value of manta rays to tourism vs fisheries in Indonesia to provide a strong incentive for the Indonesian government to protect manta rays.