Manta Rays are increasingly threatened around the world by target fishery for their gills as well as other fisheries, pollution and habitat destruction. The need for their conservation is recognised in certain areas around the world however little is yet known about their biology and ecology. The Andaman Islands located in the Bay of Bengal are an area with high biodiversity and important for migratory marine species such as Manta birostris as it is located midway between Australia and the Maldives where they are found. Both species of manta rays have been observed in the Andaman Islands, although no research has yet been conducted in this region. This project is the first looking into the Andaman Manta population and aims to raise awareness about these animals through research and education.
This project was funded by: