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In Topic: New 7,000km2 manta ray and shark sanctuary declared in West Manggarai and Komodo

31 August 2013 - 10:16 PM

bmyates makes a good point, patrolling is often under resourced in Indonesia. Fortunately the local government have made their job easier by enacting a 100% on these species, rather than quotas or no take areas. This means that monitoring and enforcement can be conducted at fishing harbors and/or markets, and makes it easier for local communities and fishermen themselves to play a role in patrolling. Management plans are now being drawn up, and we hope that these issues will be carefully considered

In Topic: Stop the Demand!! The threat facing Manta Species

29 August 2013 - 03:45 AM

Great post and video!


There is a glimmer of hope to this horror. This week the district of West Manggarai ad Komodo, Indonesia declared its entire marine and coastal waters—some 7,000km2—to be a manta ray sanctuary. A signal of growing governmental awareness of the immense value of these species alive?


More information about this great achievement is available from: http://mantawatch.co...a-ray-sanctuary

In Topic: Manta - D800E

10 September 2012 - 01:46 AM

Great pictures Loftus, looks like an oceanic manta (Manta birostris). If you have any ID photos that show the markings on the belly and just above the tail, do consider adding them to the database http://mantawatch.com/report. We're very interested in sightings of this species!