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Part 3, Friends of Sri Lanka Association, Sri Lankan Travel During Lockdown Series. Marine Life of Sri Lanka: Manta and Mobula Rays.

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Manta and mobula rays are among the most charismatic, yet mysterious, fish in the ocean. While they are found all around Sri Lanka, there is a dark side to this story. Overfishing, in addition to demand for manta and mobula gill plates in Chinese Medicine have resulted in steep population declines throughout the world’s oceans, and unfortunately, Sri Lanka is one of the largest fisheries for them. This talk will provide an overview of manta and mobula rays, the threats they face, and the work being done to protect them.

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Daniel Fernando is the co-founder of Blue Resources Trust; a marine research and conservation organisation based in Sri Lanka. He has been studying manta and mobula rays since 2010 and provides technical support at international conventions to bridge the gap between science and policy. He has served as an advisor to the Minister of Wildlife in Sri Lanka from 2015 to 2018 and is currently a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group for Asia, a Party- appointed Councillor to the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council representing the Asian region, and an MCAF Fellow.

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