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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
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.