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MantaWeb Community

Community

MantaWeb contributes to the global conservation of mantas and their habitats: by identifying and cataloging manta sightings, researchers can analyse populations and migration patterns.

Our community has four groups: our ; , who coordinate research and interact with the public; who see the mantas most; and eco-friendly with a commercial interest in responsible manta sightings.

Conservation agencies coordinate conservation research, and generally act as liaisons between the scientific community and the public. In MantaWeb, they continue this role by managing researcher membership applications: since they generally already work with researchers, they're in the best position to make sure that applicants are legitimate conservation scientists. Moreover, these agencies can build commercial relationships with eco-tourism institutions having a vested interest in manta sightings: MantaWeb has built-in facilities for curating exposure of manta data (such as local sighting probability) for responsible eco-tourism.

Researchers — conservation scientists — need the highest-quality access to manta data to do their jobs. Conditional upon membership being accepted by conservation agencies, researchers can access and analyse the manta sightings submitted by divers in real-time across the globe. New sightings can be corroborated with the divers themselves, building a relationship with citizen scientists spending the most time in the water.

Divers are the back-bone of the MantaWeb community. By spending the most time in the water (there are many more divers than researchers!), divers are in the best position to report their findings for analysis by researchers. Since divers aren't validated by researchers or conservation agencies, MantaWeb is built with the strictest security to ensure that divers have a constricted view of sample data.

Tourism organisations make MantaWeb a cost-effective system. These organisations have a vested commercial interest in manta sightings. After working with MantaWeb conservation agencies to create a responsible approach to eco-tourism, these organisations can license access to restricted sets of data (e.g., probability of sighting within a given area in real-time) to maximise the number of manta sightings.