TIR is actively involved in research for the protection of manta rays. Mary O’Malley from WildAid, Manta Ray of Hope Project wrote:
We wanted to let you know that the manta tourism value paper you contributed to was just published in PLOS ONE. Here’s the link to the open access paper: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0065051#pone-0065051-t001
Thank you so, so much for taking the time to reply to the manta tourism survey and share your input on manta dives in Ticao. Also would like to share with you that, even though the paper was not published in time for CITES, we were able to share the preliminary results extensively at the CITES conference in March, and hopefully this information had an impact there!
Meanwhile how are things going there? I apologize for not following up with you since our last conversations, but between this paper and all the CITES work, it’s been tough to focus on anything else. While at CITES, Shawn and I did get to speak with some members of the Philippine delegation. Now that both manta ray species are included on Appendix II of CITES, the Philippines will have to amend the current manta ray protection law to include reef mantas, and will also have to get more serious about enforcement. As we hear of any developments, we’ll be back in touch on this.
I hope all is well with you and the business.
Thanks again and best wishes,
WildAid, Manta Ray of Hope Project