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MMF Scientific Articles / Press Releases
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- February 2017 – Venalbes et al – A giant opportunity. New scientific study shows economic impact of manta rays on Mozambican tourism industry.
- November 2016 – Burgess et al – Manta birostris, predator of the deep? Insights into the diet of the giant manta ray through stable isotope analysis through stable isotope analysis. New scientific study provides novel insights into the food sources of giant manta rays found in the eastern equatorial Pacific.
- October 2015 – International Team of Scientists Seek to Uncover the Mysteries of the World’ Largest Fish by Tracking Their Movements. Galapagos Islands are the only known location where large, female whale sharks that appear to be pregnant can be seen gathering from June to November each year. To date little is known about whale shark birthing habits or location, or their pups.
- October 2015 – Three-fold Success: MMF receives recognition in PeerJ’s Top 10 Marine Biology Papers for three collaborative scientific publications.
- August 2015 – Kashiwagi et al – Evaluating manta ray mucus as an alternative DNA source for population genetics study: underwater-sampling, dry-storage and PCR success. PeerJ. Click here to read the associated press release.
- May 2015 – BBC ‘Sharks’ – BBC’s Natural History Unit premiers the highly anticipated trilogy ‘Sharks’- the three part series is filled with inspiring footage and cutting edge science including a feature on manta rays with Dr. Andrea Marshall. Click here to read the press release.
- April 2015 – Rohner et al – Laser photogrammetry improves size and demographic estimates for whale sharks. PeerJ. Click here to read the associated press release or view the accompanying infograph.
- March 2015 – Rohner et al – Whale sharks feed on dense prey patches of sergestid shrimps in Tanzania. Journal of Plankton Research. Click here to read the associated press release or view the accompanying infograph.
- January 2015 – McClain et al – Sizing ocean giants: Patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna. PeerJ. Click here to read the associated press release.
- October 2014 – Germanov et al – Running the Gauntlet: Regional movement patterns of Manta alfredi through a complex of parks and fisheries. PLOS ONE. Click here to read the associated press release.
- September 2014 – Jaine et al – Movements and habitat use of reef manta rays off eastern Australia: offshore excursions, deep diving and eddy affinity revealed by satellite telemetry. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
- November 2013 – Rohner et al – Diet of whale sharks Rhincodon typus inferred from stomach content and signature fatty acid analyses. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
- August 2013 – A new take on the diet of whale sharks and reef manta rays. Lipids Journal. Portuguese version
- June 15, 2013 – Trends in sightings and environmental influences on a coastal aggregation of manta rays and whale sharks.
- May 27, 2013 – Published in Ecology and Evolution – Manta Matcher: automated photographic identification of manta rays using keypoint features.
MMF Popular Articles
- April 2015 – EZDive magazine, a Chinese bilingual magazine article on manta rays and how everyone can become a citizen scientist. – in English and Chinese!
- September 2014 – Emirates Diving Association Divers for the Environment magazine article on Mafia Island whale shark research, by MMF’s own Dr Simon Pierce and Dr Chris Rohner – in English.
- September 2014 – Dive Magazine article on the manta ray fishing ban in Indonesia earlier in 2014 and the amazing MMF ladies leading the way – in English.
- March 2014 – Mozmag article on MMF’s Nemos Pequenos swim school – in English.
- March 2014 – Unterwasser German dive magazine article on Andrea’s work researching mantas – in German!
MMF Media Press Releases
- November 2014 – Manta rays take the win at the IUCN World Parks Congress SAVED Photography Competition! Read about this exciting update from Dr. Fabrice Jaine and how one of his manta ray images helped raising awareness about the plight of manta rays at the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress.
- November 2014 – Triumph for sharks and rays at CMS CoP11 in Quito, Ecuador! Read about this exciting update and its global significance for sharks and rays!
- June 2014- MMF’s manta ray conservation team investigates one of the world’s largest active manta ray fisheries in Indonesia and discusses the future of management in this country of contrasts.
- March 2014 – Education Director Sarah Bishop attended the Red Carpet Green Dress event in Hollywood to promote MMF in general and the Nemos Pequenos swim school and marine conservation program.
- December 2013 – Wild Me is launched live! Wild Me interweaves human and animal social networks to promote education and wildlife conservation. Please take a moment to check out their introductory video. MMF is proud to have been involved in the developmental stages of this amazing network and uses these systems in their research and conservation work of marine megafauna globally.
- May 16, 2013 – Dr. Andrea Marshall announced as one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers of 2013
- March 18, 2013 – CITES update – Manta Rays get Appendix II listing
- March 13, 2013 – Unsustainable manta ray fishing continues in Mozambique
- March 11, 2013 – Manta Rays receive protection as vulnerable species
- January 17, 2012 – The Marine Megafauna Foundation contributes to landmark study on global threats to manta and mobula rays.
- November 25, 2011 – Giant manta ray protected as a vulnerable migratory species on CMS.
MMF In the Media
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Pristine Seas Mozambique 2014
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