Manta rays are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, CITES Appendix II. has been accepted recently which bans the international trade of manta ray parts. However, at remote fishing villages in third world countries people do not have alternative income options, they have no other choice but to fish for manta rays for their survival and to support their families, even illegaly.
The goal of the Manta Memories Project is to help create alternative income options to those who now have to rely on manta ray fishing and trade because they don`t have other options.
Visit the www.mantamemories.org website for more information on how you can help.
Csilla Ari, Ph.D.