Turn the tide for threatened manta and devil rays with Manta Trust. 

Manta Trust was founded in order to conserve the manta and devil rays population by co-ordinating global research and conservation efforts around manta rays, their relatives, and their habitats.

Why is it important?

With the largest brain of all fish, the intelligence and curiosity of manta and devil rays make them one of the most charismatic creatures in the world. While the public may not be familiar with the enigmatic species, targeted and bycatch fisheries have had devastating impacts on their populations around the globe.

While the Maldives currently contain the largest population of manta rays, with an estimation of 5,000-6,000 still in existence, these rays are now some of the most threatened fish in our seas, currently categorized as "vulnerable" on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

How do they do it?

The Manta Trust's approach to conservation consists of three aspects: research, collaboration and education. They conduct robust research to inform important marine management decisions. With a network of over 20 projects worldwide, they specialize in collaborating with multiple parties to drive conservation as a collective; from NGOs and governments, to businesses and local communities. Finally, they place considerable effort into raising awareness of the threats facing mantas by educating people about the solutions needed to conserve these animals, and the wider underwater world.

So far, their Maldivian Manta Ray Project has played a key role in gaining protection for manta rays in the Republic of Maldives. In 2012, they have helped created and implemented a management plan for Hanifaru Bay Marine Protected Area in the Maldives. Moreover, they have produced formal guides to better aid governments identify different species of rays, thus enforce international legislation since 2014.

How you can #TravelKindly
  • Choose Manta Trust as your choice of charity of choice when you book hotels on Kind Traveler
  • Participate in manta ray research studies at the Hurawalhi Marine Biology Center
  • Go on a trip or a tour with Hurawalhi's resident marine biologist to learn about the Maldives fragile ecosystem
  • Learn how to responsibly swim with mantas by watching this video
  • Adopt a manta, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, with Manta Trust 
  • Participate in a sporting event to fundraise for manta rays! Choose from an array of adventures such as running a marathon, mountain trekking and cycling

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