Manta Trust has announced that it has received a generous donation from CO-EXIST Projects to support their research on the oceanic Manta Rays in the Maldives. Manta Trust expresses gratitude towards the donation, enabling them to conduct and continue the research of this endangered species in the Maldives.
According to the NGO, oceanic manta rays were recently up-listed to endangered on the IUCN Red List largely due to the continued threats from fisheries.
The donation will help cover the costs of hiring a research boat in Fuvahmulah Island in the Maldives.
This unique site is the focal point of the Manta Trust’s oceanic manta research project. With the help of local divers on the island, the team have identified nearly 700 oceanic manta rays from around Fuvahmulah. For an endangered species with a conservative life history this is a significant population, says Manta Trust. Their team will now be able to continue to survey for oceanic manta rays around Fuvahmulah during the 2022 season.
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