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Oceanic Manta Rays

18 April, 2023


We're thrilled to announce that the Maldivian Manta Ray Project, which is the Manta Trust’s flagship project, has officially become the Maldives Manta Conservation Programme (MMCP) and is now a Maldives-registered charity!

Our passion for protecting these magnificent creatures remains as strong as ever, and as our team continues to grow, we hope to reach even more people and have an even greater impact on the conservation of manta rays in the Maldives.



Green Match Fund

Have you heard about The Big Give? It's a fantastic initiative that will DOUBLE donations made to the Manta Trust as part of the Green Match Fund, DOUBLING the impact of your gift! 🌿🎁

The Green Match Fund will run from the 20th to the 27th of April, and we are hoping to raise £10,000 for our crucial research, outreach, and conservation work in Makunudhoo, Maldives. If we hit our target, The Big Give will double our funds so that we receive £20,000!

Keep an eye out for the Green Match Fund which will launch in 1 week and will be promoted on our website and social media pages. Every contribution, no matter how small, can make a huge impact!

Big Give


UN High Seas Treaty Agreement

We are incredibly proud of what our team has achieved last year, read the 2022 Impact Report to learn about our achievements in education, scientific publications, collaborations, policy and legislative action, new initiatives, events and more!

Thank you to all our supporters, donors, sponsors, trustees, patrons and staff without whom none of this would be possible. Visit the link below for the full 2022 Impact Report.

Read the Report


We were honoured to take part in the Smiley Movement Charity Film Awards in London recently. The star-studded evening showcased many amazing UK charities and was hosted by comedian Tom Allen.

Although our short film made by Simon Hilbourne didn’t win on the night, it has helped to raise awareness of our Conservation, Education and Outreach work (plus the popcorn was pretty good too!)

Watch the Film



Did you know that New Zealand is home to a population of beautiful, majestic oceanic manta rays?!

Watch the video below to hear from Lydia Green, the founder and project manager of our affiliate project - Manta Watch New Zealand who is trying to understand how and why these mysterious animals are using New Zealand’s waterways.

They have identified more than 100 oceanic manta rays in the region, and have satellite tagged 18 individuals, some of whom they have tracked into the wider Pacific…one tagged oceanic manta was even located in Fiji’s waters!

Watch the Video



If you are interested in applying for a once-in-a-lifetime internship, researching manta rays in the Maldives, please visit our website through the link below for more information and to submit your application. The deadline for applications is April 15th, 2023. Best of luck!


Education is one of the key pillars of the Manta Trust's strategic approach to its conservation activities. Our core objective is to see all species of manta rays and their relatives protected or effectively managed for sustainable or non-consumptive use, by the people closest to them in a means that promotes wider ocean conservation.

✏️ After becoming increasingly aware of the lack of diversity in the marine conservation sector, we have just launched “Conserving Manta & Devil Rays: An Education & Diversity Strategy”, to prioritise breaking down the barriers to inclusion in the sector.

👥 Tackling this lack of diversity is a crucial and growing focus for the Manta Trust team as we acknowledge the vital role that we must play in helping to make a positive difference.

Read the Strategy

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