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Aproach

Research for conservation

To investigate immediate threats to Mobula rays, our research focuses on habitat use, spatial ecology, oceanographic preferences, and population genetic structure of manta and devil rays.

Developing effective solutions

To reduce the impact of fisheries on Mobulas, we work with fishermen, skippers, and observers to support the design and implementation of bycatch reduction techniques in small- and large-scale fisheries.

Connecting science and people

To empower local communities to protect mobulid rays, we develop diver Codes of Conduct and implement citizen science programs during sustainable ecotourism activities.

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Key achievements

Identified the first nursery area for a pygmy mobula ray in Baja California using acoustic telemetry and traditional tagging.

Collected one of the world’s largest repositories of Mobula ray tissue to study the population structure in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

Described the habitat preferences of the mobulid rays through the application of Species Distribution Models to identify hotspots areas for future spatial management in industrial fisheries.

Created a code of conduct for night dive activities with Mobula rays in the Gulf of California.

Trained fishermen to work as ecotourism boat captains and to collect scientific data for Mobula ray monitoring.

Implemented educational programs with tourist and research institutions.

Team

NEREA LEZAMA

Nerea Lezama - Ochoa

Project Leader
Melissa Cronin

Melissa Cronin

Project Leader
Marta Diaz Palacios

Marta D. Palacios

Project Leader

LATEST RESEARCH

Description of first nursery area for a pygmy devil ray species (Mobula munkiana) in the Gulf of California, Mexico

Spatio-temporal distribution of spinetail devil ray Mobula mobular in the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean

Using a Bayesian modelling approach (INLA-SPDE) to predict the occurrence of the Spinetail Devil Ray (Mobular mobular)

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