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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 32965 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2014-02-22 08:55:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-02-22 08:55:46 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_32968" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="A manta ray swims in the water, off Raja Ampat islands, Indonesia. Pic: AP."][/caption] INDONESIA is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead. The government on Friday announced that manta rays within the archipelago's 5.8 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles) of ocean will be protected from fishing and export. It will take time and cooperation at multiple levels to enforce the ban on poaching in the biggest global shark and ray fishery. Conservationists point to simple economics as an incentive. According to a study published last year in the online journal PLoS One, a manta ray is worth up to $1 million over the course of its long lifetime, thanks to tourists willing to pay generously for a chance to swim with the curious creatures that glide gracefully through the water by flapping their wide wings, almost as if flying. They are worth only $40 to $500 dead. Government officials were "so surprised that the tourism value is very high. That's a very powerful argument," said Tiene Gunawan, marine program director at Conservation International Indonesia. "Indonesia is such a big, big, big country. When looking at the size of the water, it's huge. And I think we should start small and make some kind of pilot for this enforcement." The regulation was passed Jan. 28. Conservation groups are working to teach fishermen about the value of keeping the mantas alive, while business people, the military, water police and local officials are being engaged to assist. In some areas, including a well-known spot near the resort island of Bali, locals are already seeing profits from taking snorkelers out on their fishing boats, or working at larger dive resorts where mantas are a top attraction. In Indonesia alone, manta tourism brings in an estimated $15 million each year, according to the PLoS One report. "Indonesia now has the second-largest manta ray tourism industry in the world," Agus Dermawan, director of the country's Marine Conservation Directorate, said in a statement. "Given the huge area of reefs and islands in our country, if managed properly, Indonesia could become the top manta tourism destination on the planet." Two types of rays exist in Indonesia, the manta and the mobula. Both are killed for their plankton-filtering gills, which are used for medicinal concoctions, mainly in China. Mantas are also frequently caught accidentally by fishermen, but they are not part of a major targeted industry in Indonesia as in other countries, such as Sri Lanka, Gunawan said. Increased demand has led to a sharp drop in manta numbers in recent years, raising international concern. Multibillionaire Virgin Group boss Richard Branson has sounded alarms though the "Manta Ray of Hope" conservation project. And last year the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora imposed new trade regulations for the species. "Enforcement and community education are always necessary in order for this or any law to have a real impact, but passage of the law is a critical step," Mary O'Malley, lead author of the study from the San Francisco-based nonprofit WildAid, said in an email. She said her organization also plans to launch a campaign in China to address demand there. Mantas are among the world's largest fish and can reach up to 8 meters (26 feet) from wingtip to wingtip. Found in the tropics, they can live up to 50 years, but do not mature until age 8 to 10 and typically give birth to a single pup only every two to five years. This slow reproduction rate means fishing cannot be sustained over the long haul, and mantas are classified as vulnerable to extinction on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. Mantas are smart and capable of migrating more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), and each has a unique pattern of spots on its belly. Unlike stingrays, they have no barbs and are harmless to humans. Even though they are beloved by divers and snorkelers, due to their size, friendliness and graceful beauty in the water, much remains unknown about their population numbers worldwide. In addition to Indonesia, manta fishing is banned in Australia, Ecuador, the European Union, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Yap, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. states of Hawaii and Florida. - Associated Press [post_title] => Indonesia hopes to cash in on manta ray tourism [post_excerpt] => INDONESIA is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => indonesia-hopes-to-cash-in-on-manta-ray-tourism [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-05-10 04:31:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-05-10 04:31:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=32965 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw )

Indonesia hopes to cash in on manta ray tourism

Indonesia hopes to cash in on manta ray tourism
February 22, 2014 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

INDONESIA is now the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead.

Beyond the Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘other’ best dive sites

Beyond the Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘other’ best dive sites
September 13, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

A LIST of Australia’s best dive spots normally encompasses sites on the Great Barrier Reef, but while it is world renowned for diving it isn’t the only place to dive in Australia. This list features all the other places to dive you may never have considered on an underwater venture Down Under. And, should you…>

The Mekong Discovery Trail: A Cambodian eco-journey

The Mekong Discovery Trail: A Cambodian eco-journey
August 19, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

A 230-KILOMETER path traversing the north-east of Cambodia along the fabled Mekong River, the Mekong Discovery Trail is an exciting opportunity to combine cycling and cultural community-based tourism. The trail starts at the Laos border and takes you into the heart of the Mekong, with ample opportunities for homestays in traditional villages and chances to…>

Australia: Eco-tourism growing, but still a niche market

Australia: Eco-tourism growing, but still a niche market
August 13, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

AUSTRALIA is both a Mecca for eco-tourism and within close proximity of other stellar eco-destinations in New Zealand and Southeast Asia. When surveyed, many Aussies responded that they would love a full-on eco-themed holiday, but comparatively few take the initiative to actually go on one. From a press release by Roy Morgan Research: In the…>

Cape York: Eco-adventure and indigenous Australian culture

Cape York: Eco-adventure and indigenous Australian culture
August 5, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

AUSTRALIA’S Cape York Peninsula is located in the far north of the state of Queensland and considered one of the last remaining true wilderness areas on Earth. Though truly untouched nature is hard to find anywhere on the globe, Cape York is home to virtually pristine rainforest, eucalyptus and mangrove forests, undisturbed river networks and…>

Eco-destination: Brunei

Eco-destination: Brunei
July 27, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

WHEN considering places to go in Asia for a spot of eco-tourism, the Sultanate of Brunei is not exactly the first place that jumps to mind. At under 6,000 square kilometers, Brunei is the 5th smallest country in Asia by area and the second smallest by population with 4 million people (the Maldives has slightly…>

More eco- and community-based tourism for Bali

More eco- and community-based tourism for Bali
July 19, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

THE Indonesian island of Bali is a textbook example of a tropical paradise threatened by its own natural allure. Tourism has brought tremendous wealth to the previously sleepy outpost, but the associated development and burden of this massive industry is taking its toll on the environment, posing dilemmas that need urgent solutions. Since development will…>

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