Manta ray Conference, Papeete-Bora Bora
A conference of manta experts and research scientists was held In Papeete in June 2010 to draw attention to the plight of the Manta cleaning station at Anau in Bora Bora. Presentations on the economic importance of mantas (and other charismatic marine animals) were made. A single manta may be worth up to $100,000 per year from income by tourists who want to snorkel or dive with animals which appear to have become accustomed to the presence of humans. Any manta in a tourist area may be worth $10,000 per year in potential tourist spend.
The mantas at Anau have been adversely affected by recent development of large tourist resorts near Anau, through dredging, boat anchoring and increases in boat traffic. We just ask that the well being of marine residents is fully considered in future developments and that Anau should be considered a Marine Protected Area to ban anchoring of pleasure boats and all traffic to maintain a 5mph speed limit in the vicinity. Please dive with Top Dive-Bathys who fully support theses intiatives!
In addition to the famous manta rays, you can see wonderful schools of fish and there are excellent opportunities to dive with and photograph large numbers of black tip reef sharks and lemon sharks.
The conference was organised by Moeva de Rosemont who is conducting a manta ecology study in the area.
Baby manta on outside reef, likely newborn as still has a curly tail!
Scientists with Bathys Dive boat
To Friendly Black Tip reef sharks
Moeva with his lovely Lemon sharks
Amazing views from island on the outer rim of Bora Bora across the lagoon to the volcanic peak.
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Huge thanks to Paul at Bathys, Air Tahiti, and the wonderful warm welcome of the people of Bora Bora and Tahiti.