The Manta Trust
The Manta Trust is a global charity established in 2011 by Founder-Director Guy Stevens, one of the world’s leading manta ray experts. Borne out of the work of the Maldivian Manta Ray Project – run by Guy at Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru from 2006 to 2011 – The Manta Trust coordinates manta ray research, conservation and educational projects all over the world from the Maldives to Mexico, Indonesia to Hawaii.
The Trust’s aim is to build a solid foundation of research and awareness from which governments, NGOs and conservationists can make informed and effective decisions to ensure the long-term survival of manta rays, their close relations and their habitats. With manta ray populations declining at an alarming and every-increasing rate, the Trust works tirelessly to achieve its vision: a world where manta rays thrive within a globally healthy marine system.
The Manta Trust holds the largest recorded database of manta rays anywhere in the world.
The Manta Trust’s achievements to date include the contribution of data and expertise for the reassessment of both the giant oceanic and reef mantas on the IUCN Red List; and contributory research to the designation of two marine protected areas in Baa Atoll, Maldives, with the whole of the Baa Atoll going on to be designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2011. In addition, the Trust holds the largest recorded database of manta rays anywhere in the world and its long-term dataset in the Maldives is shedding new and important light onto the breeding cycle of the reef manta. It has also teamed up with The Manta Ray of Hope, PADI Project AWARE and a number of other NGOs to raise the international profile of manta conservation, and has recently been at the core of a coalition that is driving the submission of a proposal to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) calling for the implementation of international regulatory measures to protect global populations of manta rays.
Manta Trust researchers and volunteers are based at Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru, and resort guests are invited to accompany the research team on-board the manta research vessel, which departs from the Resort most days during manta season.
For more information on The Manta Trust, manta rays and their ongoing battle for survival, please visit : MantaTrust.org