what is the global mobulid conservation programme?
"In 2014, the Manta Trust and its collaborators assembled and launched the Global Mobulid Conservation Programme - a strategic and long-term plan to ensure the conservation of the world's mobulid rays."
In the last two decades manta and devil rays (mobulids) have faced increasing threats from both targeted and bycatch fisheries, due in part to a growing trade in their highly valued gill plates. Their conservative life history traits (slow growth, late maturity and low fecundity) make these animals extremely susceptible to any consumptive exploitation. Due to the vulnerability of these species, it is vital that this issue is addressed immediately in order to prevent regional extinctions, and to ensure that regulations are adhered to.
In 2014, the Manta Trust and its collaborators assembled and launched the Global Mobulid Conservation Programme (GMCP) - a strategic and long-term plan to ensure the conservation of the world's mobulid rays. It is the conservation initiative that sits at the core of everything we do as a charity, and it is driven by our long-term vision to ensure stable or increasing populations of mobulid rays around the world.
In this programme we work together with policy makers, national governments and trade officials, as well as local communities and NGOs in key mobulid fishing nations. We aim to extend current research efforts studying mobulid rays, with a specific focus on furthering the knowledge of key biological aspects of these species’ life history - information that is crucial to monitoring and regulating fisheries, and making informed management decisions. We ultimately seek to diminish mobulid fisheries and associated trade, whilst providing alternative livelihoods, and opportunities to involve, raise awareness, and educate the general public across key target nations.