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CONSERVATION NEWS

News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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Reef manta rays feeding in Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
© Conservation International/photo by Edy Setyawan

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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Amid widespread coral bleaching, this reef is thriving

By Mark Erdmann, Ph.D.

June 21, 2016
Already adapted to major temperature fluctuations, some Indonesian reefs may be better prepared for climate change than others.
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Lights, camera, coral: Under the sea, behind the scenes with a VR film crew

By Molly Bergen

June 20, 2016
Learn the story behind the filming of “Valen’s Reef,” Conservation International’s first virtual reality film.
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Indonesia gives mantas a new ‘ray of hope’

By Mark Erdmann, Ph.D.

February 20, 2014
Encouraged by their value for tourism, Indonesia has granted full protection for both species of manta ray.
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Manta ray research boosts smart policies and ecotourism in Indonesia

By Shawn Heinrichs

December 17, 2013
Guest blogger Shawn Heinrichs shares tales from a recent manta ray expedition.
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