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Dubai - 12/11/12 - written by Steven Kessel

All is said and done for the research trip. Nigel and I are at Dubai airport for a 10 hr layover before we begin our flight back to Canada via London. We arrived in port, after a length trip south on Elegante, at around 04:00 in the morning. We awoke a few hours later to start organizing the gear and preparing for the workshop. The workshop went very well, with many stakeholders in attendance. All were impressed with what we had accomplished over the last month and all were excited for the future of the project.

Overall I would say that this phase of the project has been a resounding success. In total we caught and tagged 22 manta rays, with a combination of 20 acoustic tags and six satellite tags. We deployed 38 acoustic monitor moorings, 20 in shallow water and 18 in the deep waters of the off shore reefs. We began capacity building with various agencies and local fisherman, and have created the perfect acoustic framework to build upon with future tagging expeditions.

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to all the people who have assisted our team through this research project, particularly the members of the Wildlife Administration, the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the crew of the mother ship Elegante and many other of which there are far too many to list them all. We very much look forward to returning early next year for the focused shark tagging expedition. We hope that you will follow our research log again at that time.

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