The Manta Network (TMN) is now in its seventh year as a non-profit conservation organization. During this time the organization has grown to include most of the world’s manta biologists. Research affiliates in more than 40 countries and an impressive array of volunteers and supporters have also joined the team.
The Manta Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, conservation and protection of manta and mobula rays worldwide. It was founded with a goal to engage the dive industry in promoting awareness of the plight of manta and mobula rays worldwide.
Next year we will continue many of our important programs including the Indo-Pacific Manta Migration Study, partially funded by a Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund (DWCF) award. Specifically, the DWCF funds will go toward determining the migration behavior in an area where mantas are highly threatened. Funds will be used to purchase new GPS satellite tags. In the summer of 2009, we will also deploy one of Ocean Presence Technologies’ OceanCams, a remotely-controlled video camera system, on a manta cleaning station off the coast of Bali.