The Four Seasons Resort, Maldives has been turning its eye to shark and ray conservation by hosting a ministerial symposium.
The symposium, which took place Oct. 25-26 organized by Four Seasons and The Pew Charitable Trust, was attended by ministers of various environmental, marine and wildlife departments in Maldives, Sri Lanka and Seychelles.
The hotel also serves as the base of the Manta Trust, the world’s leading manta ray charity, which began 10 years ago at the hotel and tracks and studies the local ray population. The Marine Discovery Centre, which organizes and initiates reef propagation, educational, research and marine life preservation programs is also based out of the hotel.
“It is highly encouraging to see Indian Ocean island nations come together to discuss the economic benefits of sustainable shark and ray ecotourism,” said Daniel Fernando, associate director of the Manta Trust.