A tourist swims with manta rays off Nusa Penida, Bali. Indonesia ranks number 2 in the world for manta tourism, valued at over USD 15 million per year to Indonesian communities.
Image credit: Shawn Heinrichs for Wildaid
Project

Improving the Conservation Status of Manta Rays

Duration
2014 - 2015
Location
China
Species protected
Giant Manta Ray Manta birostris
Reef Manta Ray Manta alfredi

Project objectives

  • A 50% or more increase in awareness of manta ray conservation in Guangzhou, China (as measured by a comparison of results of baseline and end of campaign assessments).
  • A 50% or more reduction in consumption of mobulid gill plates in Guangzhou, China (as measured by a comparison of results of baseline and end of campaign assessments).
  • Providing Chinese authorities with the tools needed to effectively implement the CITES Appendix II listing for manta rays.

This project is implemented by Wildaid.

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