Movement Ecology and Population Structure of Giant Mantas in Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico

21 Sep 2021 Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico, Central and Latin America Fishes | Habitats | Marine

Madalena Cabral

This study will contribute to providing information on the level of residency and potential connectivity of Giant Mantas (Mobula birostris) in Revillagigedo Archipelago, which represents a significant aggregation site for this endangered species. In the face of climate change, satellite tagging will allow us to evaluate the movements of this population related to oceanographic and environmental conditions and habitat characteristics that influence the presence of these elasmobranchs in oceanic environments. We will improve the understanding of this unique marine environment and promote essential and effective local management and conservation in Revillagigedo National Park.

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The Park is an exceptional dive destination classified as UNESCO World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve and is considered a unique place to dive with Giant mantas due to interaction with scuba divers, the scenic landscape of the islands and the great potential for high quality Ecotourism. Creating baseline data regarding habitat preferences and utilization of specific areas due to specific conditions such as cleaning stations and understanding the environmental and oceanographic variables that drive Giant Manta movement in this area are a research priority to ensure effective regulations while still promoting sustainable tourism in this popular destination for recreational scuba-diving.

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