Manta rays worth millions in Mozambique

Written by on March 1, 2017 in Marine Life

A new study from the Marine Megafauna Foundation reveals that manta rays are worth millions to Mozambique.

Using data from 478 tourist expenditure surveys, 15 stakeholder surveys, and yearly diver statistics, the foundation determined that manta ray tours have a direct economic impact of US$34 million annually. Without manta rays, between $16.1 and 25.7 million would be lost each year.

To learn more, check out this awesome infographic:

MMF Infographic - Economic Benefits of Manta Ray Tourism in Mozambique

Read the full study here: A Giant Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Manta Rays on the Mozambican Tourism Industry—An Incentive for Increased Management and Protection

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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