The Ombudsman has expressed support for the government and marine conservationists' intention to heighten its prosecution and investigation of violators of the fishery laws in Tañon Strait, and assured them that any malicious complaint against law enforcers will be dismissed outright.
Lawyer Paul Elmer Clemente, the Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas, guaranteed that they will dismiss directly malicious lawsuits called strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) that are intended to intimidate law enforcers governing the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS).
"On our part, we ...
The Tañon Strait Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) executive committee approved the resolution to require the installation of monitoring technology in all commercial fishing vessels within the protected seascape.
"We laud the move to require monitoring for all commercial fishing vessels along Tañon Strait. It is an effective tool to deter and stop illegal fishing, and its implementation is a momentous step in protecting our diverse, yet fragile, municipal waters and protected areas," said lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines.
In a resolution approved a ...
The Tañon Strait Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) executive committee has approved the resolution for the mandatory installation of vessel-monitoring devices for all commercial fishing vessels sailing within the protected seascape.
Ocean-conservation advocacy group Oceana Philippines lauded the move, saying it will boost the protection and conservation of one of the country's largest marine-protected areas.
"We laud the move to require vessel monitoring for all commercial fishing vessels along Tañon Strait. It is an effective tool to deter and stop illegal fishing, and its implem ...
Diving in MoalBoal, Cebu Philippines with Blue Orchid Dive Resort on Dec 2016-Jan 2017. Fun and safe diving. Shot by Sony A6000 with Inon UW100 wide angle and Fantasea Radiant Pro 2500 video light and GoPro 3+ Black. Edited by Final Cut Pro.
Have you ever dreamt of swimming through sardine runs, alongside shoals of fish, turtles and squid? Here in Moalboal, this just a handful of the marine life you can witness.
Moalboal is a very small seaside municipality located in the South West of Cebu, a popular island in the central Visayas of the Philippines.
Why should you visit Moalboal?
Moalboal's main pull for tourism is the diverse and fascinating marine life that lies in its ocean, some of it being just a short snorkel off the shore. Divers from all over the world come here and check in to the dive resorts that dominate the ...
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), called for the protection of Tañon Strait against commercial fishers, and emphasized that overfishing could lead to ecosystem collapse.
"We believe that commercial fishing in an unsustainable manner is one of the major threats to our marine environment. Overfishing, as one of the many negative environmental consequences, is a primary cause of species extinction and ecosystem collapse," DENR-BMB Director Mundita G. Lim said in a letter addressed to Oceana.
The bureau expressed co ...