our approach

Our goal is a sustainable future for the oceans, where manta rays and their relatives thrive in healthy, diverse marine ecosystems.

Formed in 2011, the Manta Trust is a UK registered charity that co-ordinates global mobulid research and conservation efforts. Our team is comprised of a diverse group of researchers, scientists, conservationists, educators and media experts; working together to share and promote knowledge and expertise. Our mission is to conserve mobulid rays, their relatives, and their habitats, through a combination of research, education and collaboration.


The Manta Trust takes a unique, multifaceted approach to mobulid conservation, which sets us apart from others in the field. Our approach revolves around three fundamental pillars:

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By conducting long-term, robust scientific studies, we aim to build the solid  foundations upon which governments, NGO’s and conservationists can make informed and effective marine management decisions.


As charismatic megafauna, manta rays act as a flagship species, helping to motivate and engage people with the wider message of marine ecosystem conservation. Through this top down approach, the manta ray becomes the catalyst for change, educating people about the solutions needed to ensure the long-term survival of these animals and the underwater world we rely upon.


With a network of over 20 projects worldwide, we specialise in collaborating with multiple parties to drive conservation as a collective; from businesses and governments, to individuals and local communities.

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Our core objective

To realise our goal, for the next five years the Manta Trust frames its activities and efforts around a core objective:

"To see all species of manta rays and their relatives protected or effectively managed for sustainable / non-consumptive use by the people closest to them, in a means that promotes wider ocean conservation."

Our strategy for achieving this objective is known as the Global Mobulid Conservation Programme. 

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