The Caribbean Islands Manta Conservation Program, as an affiliate project of the Manta Trust, is working to understand the biology and ecology of mobulid species across the 700 islands that make up the Caribbean.
To better understand the biology and ecology of mobulids (manta and devil rays) throughout the islands of the Caribbean Sea as a means to drive effective conservation measures for these endangered species and the habitats they utilize.
(1) Assess mobulid species distribution, abundance, and population demographics throughout the region
(2) Identify key mobulid ray aggregation sites and analyze the influence of seasonal and environmental factors on sightings.
(3)Investigate mobulid ray migratory corridors and population inter-connectivity between island nations in the region.
(4)Identify threats to mobulids in the region and work to mitigate these threats through evidence-based recommendations to policymakers and education initiatives.
(5)Increase awareness of mobulids and the importance of conservation and research in the region.