Connectivity and movements of large pelagic species of ecotourism value (2016–2020)
The project aims to answer key questions about the biology, ecology and sustainability of the world¿s manta ray
species and determine the likely impact of climate variability and fisheries that operate to Australia¿s north on
manta-based ecotourism in the Indo-Pacific region. The study addresses a significant problem as active low-value
fisheries jeopardise a high-value ecotourism industry. We will determine geographic distributions, local and largescale
movements, population sizes, structure, and inter-connectivity in our region to assess the effect of fisheries on manta ray populations, and to provide the information and tools for management and conservation of these
charismatic and valuable species.