Let’s sign up to protect Manta Rays in the Maldives!
To launch a powerful message to the world and to bring to everyone’s attention the vulnerable state of Manta rays in the Maldives, Manta Trust has initiated a petition to help protect the Maldivian Manta rays. Since this is a cause dear to the hearts of our guests and associates, we thought of sharing this information with you.
Currently, Manta rays are divided into two types of species, Oceanic Manta ray (Manta birostris) and Reef Manta ray (Manta alfredi). Maldives is known to host the largest population of Manta alfredi in the world. However, similar to a lot of countries, there is no regulation or law in the Maldives to prohibit the fishing of these vulnerable sea giants.
On average, Manta rays give birth to just a single pup once every 3-5 years and have one of the longest growth periods of all animals. They nurture the pup inside the womb for a period of one whole year before giving birth. Because of this slow growth rate and late maturity, coupled with the direct fishing of Mantas due to the demand for their gill plates, their population in Asia is declining fast. Newer data is showing that they may reproduce even slower as we currently know them to, and all these factors are leading to a dwindling population of these peaceful harmless species.
The question remains, can we make a change? Let’s look into Indonesia, a destination offering beautiful beaches, endless sunny days and a large population of manta rays, just like the Maldives. In February of this year, they have announced a new legislation to protect manta rays in every inch of its nearly six million square kilometer waters. No more Manta fishing in Indonesia!
So we are passing on the message to you! How would you like to be a leader in marine conversation and help protect the families of these gentle giants? Click here to sign the petition.