The Manta Trust is a UK-based charity that was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for manta rays, their close relatives and their habitat.
As charismatic megafauna, manta rays act as a flagship species, helping to promote and engage the general public in the wider message of marine ecosystem conservation. Through this top down approach to conservation the manta ray becomes the catalyst for change, engaging and motivating the general public, governments and local communities alike.
A UK Registered Charity, the Trust brings together a number of projects from around the globe, both new and long-standing, including the Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mexico and Indonesia. By conducting long-term, robust studies into manta populations in these locations, the trust aims to build the solid foundations upon which Governments, NGOs and conservationists can make informed and effective decisions to ensure the long-term survival of these animals and their habitat.
Manta ray species and five shark species gain protection under CITES Appendix II, March 2013
In March 2013, Manta Trust helped secure protection for both manta ray species with approval for listing in CITES Appendix II.
Sharks, Rays, and Sawfishes gain protection under CMS CoP11, November 2014
In November 2014, Manta Trust played in key role, along with several NGOs and other groups, in proposing and subsequently succeeding in getting new protective legislation granted to 21 species of sharks, rays and sawfishes by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals.
Mobula Rays listed on CITES Appendix II, October 2016
In October 2016, the Manta Trust played a key role in a proposal for listing mobula rays on Appendix II of CITES. Being listed on Appendix II means countries must prove that the trade in mobula gill plates is sustainable and not detrimental to the survival of the species. Conservationists were delighted when CITES Parties officially listed devil rays, thresher sharks, and the silky shark under CITES Appendix II with the proposals supported by more than the two-thirds majority required for adoption.
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- "Mobula success at CITES CoP17 | Manta Trust". www.mantatrust.org. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
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