Marine Megafauna Foundation
|Giant Manta Rays are classified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2022-1)|
The primary mission of the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) global manta ray program is to develop enduring conservation solutions for these threatened species from pioneering research. Using multi-disciplinary scientific approaches and cutting-edge technologies combined with creative fieldwork techniques, their teams gather in-depth information on manta rays in some of the ray’s most important critical habitats on earth.
MMF research objectives are born from the team’s belief that passion and sustained effort lead to action and permanent change. As conservation biologists, their mantra is simple, ‘think globally but act locally’.
To this end, MMF scientists continue to champion international protection but, in the countries they work, they target lasting change on small scales.
But the team and their work is not only about science.
The MMF team believe in a modern approach to education and outreach, disseminating their findings to both the scientific community and a larger global audience through a suite of media outlets. They have had great success in the past with their ‘citizen science’ based approach to volunteer research and tourism. Achieving both heightened awareness and participation from skilled members of the diving public, as well as increasing the volume of incoming data and the physical range of these data points.
To that end MMF seek to inspire a new generation of ocean guardians to help spread this message globally.
After fifteen long years of successful research and conservation, the manta ray program continues to grow and strengthen. The team currently focus their efforts in four main regions around the world: the eastern coast of Africa, the Americas with an emphasis in Ecuador, and Florida and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on Indonesia and the Andaman Sea.
These regions contain some of the largest remaining populations of manta rays, allowing the MMF researchers the opportunity to conduct world-leading research on each of the known species of manta rays and work towards meaningful conservation solutions to ensure their continued survival in our oceans.
(photos by Marine Megafauna Foundation)
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This team and their vital work needs your help.
So what can you do to help?
… the answer is a great deal … and all of it would make a difference …
… and just as important … tell everyone you know …
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