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  1. 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
  2. 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.com/site/2013/08/indonesia-creates-new-7000km2-manta-ray-sanctuary
  3. West Manggarai and Komodo district, Indonesia has designated its entire marine and coastal waters as a manta ray and shark sanctuary. The district Governor announced last Saturday that fishing is now prohibited for manta rays, sharks, and other threatened species including turtles and Napoleon wrasse, throughout the district’s 7,000km2 waters that extend up to 12 nautical miles offshore. The fantastic achievement is the culmination of efforts by the local government and local dive centers working together to achieve positive impacts on the environment, communities and economy. More information about this great news at: http://mantawatch.com/site/2013/08/indonesia-creates-new-7000km2-manta-ray-sanctuary
  4. October is Manta Month in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. Its one of the best time's of year to see mantas, and an opportunity to play a role in protecting this magnificent creature. If you're near Komodo between September 24 and October 20 2012, why not join the manta fever! Join MantaWatch, DiveKomodo, Divine Diving and Kanawa Diving for daily manta expeditions during which you'll be able to learn all about manta rays, how to take great manta ID photos, and how to maximize your manta encounters. And there's some great prizes to be won, including a Canon S100 and underwater housing. Follow the link to find out more about Manta Month in Komodo.
  5. 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!
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