Research at the Zavora Marine Lab is a culmination of over ten years of experience and training, ground-breaking discovery and vibrant connection to the local and regional environments. The mega and macrofauna in Zavora Bay enjoy some of the most pristine, untouched reefs in the world. Manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales thrive in the plankton rich waters of coastal Mozambique. Humpbacks in particular spend considerable time in Zavora Bay during their annual migration. Sharks, skates and other rays are also abundant in Mozambique. Despite the attraction to these and other charismatic species, marine life everywhere is growing increasingly vulnerable to unsustainable fishing practices, growing industrial development, pollution and climate change.

Marine Action Research’s (MAR) main goal is to generate critical and comprehensive data that will be used to conserve biodiversity and ensure that future generations can enjoy the stunning marine life of Mozambique. MAR contributes to several national and international studies linked with conservation and wildlife/fisheries law.


The Mozambique Government has begun the process of creating a Marine Protected Area to safeguard the populations of manta rays and whale sharks in Inhambane Province. MAR continues to contribute to this effort by providing valuable data to assist decision-makers. Zavora has limited infrastructure and development, but is one of the biggest hot spots for manta rays in southern Mozambique!

Learn more about MAR’s core research…

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