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Lowell Lecture

Protecting the Ocean's Giants: The Future of Manta Ray Conservation

Date & Time

April 15, 2015


IMAX Theater at New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
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Josh Stewart, Associate Director, Manta Trust and Marine Conservation Action Fund Grantee 2014

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium



Manta rays are one of the most charismatic marine species on the planet, and a top attraction for dive and snorkel tourism. Despite their popularity with the public, we know almost nothing about these enormous, enigmatic rays. As targeted fisheries around the world increasingly threaten manta populations, conservationist scientists are racing to learn more about their fundamental ecology to support effective conservation and management action. Learn more about the biology and ecology of these graceful ocean giants, the fisheries that threaten their existence, and the research and conservation efforts currently underway to keep these icons around to inspire future generations.