July 2019

 

Hi Cyclone family! We’re back this month with a Cyclone update and we’re heading to Thailand to meet Jamie from the Thailand Manta Project, but first, we have a video for you about our Marine Education Programme in the Maldives.

Thank you for being part of the The Cyclone family, and don’t forget you can order your discounted Cyclone hoodies and t-shirts here.

Best wishes,

 
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SIMON HILBOURNE

Digital Media & Communications Manager

 

MoODhU MaDHaRUSA - MALDIVES MARINE EDUCATION PROGRAMME

The Manta Trust believe that encouraging children to learn about their natural marine resources is the most effective way to ensuring the long-term conservation of the Maldives marine environment.

Many schools in the Maldives do not currently include subjects such as Marine or Fisheries Science in their core curriculum, so our team in the Maldives are providing the expertise and capacity needed to better educate local children about these topics.

Our Maldivian Manta Ray Project has been delivering outreach initiatives to local schools, across four atolls, since 2015. Over time our efforts have grown in scope and ambition, ultimately leading to the creation of a fully-fledged education programme.

 
 

The Manta Trust education programme in the Maldives has gone from strength to strength and become an integral and prominent part of our project. Flossy Barraud has been heading up the education programme for the last two seasons and she tells us how she got involved, and what the programme hopes to achieve.


 
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FLOSSY BARRAUD

MMRP Education & Outreach Officer


MEET THE TEAM: Jamie MONMANEERAT FROM THAILAND MANTA PROJECT

Sawasdee ka, warm greetings from Thailand Manta Project. In case you were wondering, yes, there are manta rays in Thailand! We have just finished our manta season which is on the period of November to April each year.

This season we got to celebrate exciting news in September as the Thai government announced the addition of 12 marine species onto the national protected species list, 6 of which are mobula species seen in Thai waters! This is a good sign and the start of Thailand’s movement towards ocean protection.

 
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After a very quiet manta season in 2017, we were happy to have the mantas visiting regular cleaning stations on the west coast again. But that’s not all, there were also a few reports of manta sightings on the East coast, which is very unusual!

This reminds us on how little we know about these populations, and how much more there is to learn about the Thai manta populations. One of many reasons why it is so important for us to continue doing our work in this beautiful country.

 
 

In February we also had our very first Manta Expedition in the Thai Andaman Sea. Though we were unlucky with the manta rays, but we had 9 days of spectacular dives on an iconic vessel, The Junk. During this expedition, 20 divers from 12 different countries got to learn about manta rays and marine conservation. Through their support and collaboration, we have gained more ecological information of the sites, which is another important factor of our research.

 
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If you did not make it to our last expedition, not to worry as we will have 2 expeditions coming in February 2020! This time, apart from exploring Thailand we will also travel up to Myanmar to discover the much less dove and known places. For more information, visit www.mantaexpeditions.com . We look forward to welcome you to this land of smile soon.

 Stay in touch: Facebook & Instagram @ThailandMantaProject

 
 
 
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JAMIE MONMANEERAT

Thailand Manta Project Founder

 
 

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Thank you for being a part of The Cyclone community. Without you and your support, much of our projects and upcoming conservation efforts wouldn’t be possible.

We invite you to comment below about anything we’ve discussed in this Member Update, or about manta rays and our work more generally. Equally, feel free to email us privately at thecyclone@mantatrust.org - we’d love to hear from you! Otherwise, we look forward to sharing more of our activities with you soon.

Best fishes,

The Manta Team.

Rebecca Carter