CONSERVATION NEWS

News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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2022 in review: To protect our seas, scientists turn to innovative new solutions

By Will McCarry

December 21, 2022
As 2022 draws to a close, Conservation News is revisiting some of our most significant stories of the year. As experts warned that the time to turn the tide on marine protections is dwindling, conservationists and governments came together to advocate for oceans.
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Reef manta rays feeding in Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
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New study shows where manta rays thrive

By Mary Kate McCoy

December 2, 2022
Targeted for their gill plates and trapped accidentally in fishing nets, reef manta rays are in trouble; their populations around the world are plummeting. But in one protected area off the coast of Indonesia, the rays are not only bucking worldwide trends – they’re thriving.
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A 'manta ray ruler' could help protect these gentle giants

By Kiley Price

March 4, 2022
A new technique for measuring manta rays could offer critical insights into their health, reproductive status, lifespans and whether a population is growing or shrinking.
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Study: Aerial drones capture manta ray behaviors in thriving population

By Kiley Price

April 1, 2021
Conservation News spoke to a manta ray expert at Conservation International about the findings of his new research — from promising pregnancies to drone discoveries to acrobatic feeding behaviors.
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New science: saving life on land, record-breaking rays, freshwater action plan

By Kiley Price

April 16, 2020
Here’s a roundup of recent science published by Conservation International experts.
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