Another reason that we like Shark Savers is that they are also involved in protecting Manta Rays, something that is an important part of the environment in Two Fish Divers Lembongan where we have almost-permanent sightings of these fantastic creatures.
In their 2013 end-of-year summary, Shark Savers gives an overview of their Campaign for Protecting Manta and Mobula Rays.
Manta Ray of Hope (MROH) exposes the rapidly escalating threat to manta and mobula rays and works to ensure the long-term conservation of these extremely vulnerable animals. It is a collaborative initiative by WildAid, Shark Savers, and The Manta Trust, with additional scientists, researchers, national and international organizations, and dive operators.
2013 Achievements for Manta Ray of Hope
Our original, global, and comprehensive research report, Manta Ray of Hope: The Global Threat to Manta and Mobula Rays, and media campaigns resulted in:
There is no question that our shark fin soup campaign educated and motivated people throughout Asia to stop eating the soup. The shark fin trade is in a serious slump as a result. Our campaign is now reaching a crescendo with hundreds of celebrities and hundreds of thousands of supporters, most of whom joined the effort in the past few months. This campaign must be sustained to make the initial results permanent.
While we achieved new protections for several shark and manta species at CITES, true success will only be had with new protections in the range states. We are focusing efforts in Indonesia, the world’s largest shark fishery and one of the two largest manta fisheries. Progress is visible there to a degree never expected, but this will be a long fight.
Donating to the shark, manta, and marine protection programs of WildAid/Shark Savers is a good conservation investment.
Our campaigns to stop consumption of shark fin and manta gills in Asia are heavily leveraged by our receipt of millions of dollars of donated media placement. Our efforts to curb supply through our manta and marine protection programs are highly focused to achieve measurable results to preserve vulnerable shark and manta populations and their habitats.
By donating, you will help us educate consumers, protect sharks and mantas, and expand marine programs.