Manta rays are extremely intelligent — with the largest brain-to-body-mass ratio of any fish — and are thought to be able to recognize individual divers. The chance of an interaction with these gentle and magnificent creatures attract people from all corners of the world, where they can provide an economic lifeline to local communities if sustainably managed.
However, in the last decade, their populations have plummeted globally. Conservation International is working to protect key manta ray populations in Asia-Pacific to ensure they are valued and conserved.
Join us on our journey to learn about life below water with manta rays.
Conservation International sent a team of specialists to Niue to study Endangered Oceania humpback whales and provide key data to help Niue plan and manage their ocean domain. The Oceania humpbacks are the slowest recovering population of this species globally. They are also extremely important to Pacific cultures, livelihoods and through sustainable tourism their economies. Join us on our adventure, through this special series of webisodes!
The people on the Tonle Sap live on floating villages. Having lived in Cambodia for five years, Conservation International's development manager for Asia-Pacific Virginia Simpson shares how the community's fate is intertwined with nature, and how the flooded forests of the lake provide a lifeline for local Cambodians.
For communities in the Pacific Islands, nature is the key to survival. A woman practicing gwala — the tradition of temporarily closing a reef when it shows signs of decline so it can recover — was able to feed nearby communities from her clam garden, which was thriving thanks to this almost-lost practice.
Conservation International’s Marine Program Manager from Fiji, Semisi Meo, visited the Bird’s Head Seascape to see first-hand how its large-scale success can be replicated across Fiji's Lau Islands, a new frontier to science and a conservation priority for the region.