Tanon Strait Reserve

Moalboal, Cebu

Tanon Strait (Kipot ng Tanon) lies between the islands of Negros and Cebu in the Philippines. The strait connects the Visayan Sea to the Bohol Sea.

The Tanon Strait is known for whale and dolphin watching, with tour boats operating from a wharf in Bais City.

On February 7, 2008 the Supreme Court of the Philippines ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Reso ...

urces and the Department of Energy to comment on a certiorari petition filed for toothed whales, dolphins, porpoises and other cetacean species in the Taon Strait to stop oil exploration by Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. in the protected waterway.

The strait serves as a marine wildlife reserve that provides grounds for breeding, feeding and resting to 11 species of marine mammals. The court was asked to recognize the petitioners as "Filipino mammals" with constitutional rights.

Tanon Strait Marine Reserve Protected Seascape News

  • Tracking Device Now Required In Tanon Strait Commercial Fishing Boats

    Commercial fishing vessels in the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) are now required to install the Vessel Monitoring Measures (VMM) transponder as required by law under Republic Act (RA) 10654.

    The VMM transponder is a vessel tracking device that allows real-time monitoring of a particular boats location through a web-based platform, said Danny Ocampo, the oceans campaign manager of Oceana-Philippines, a non-government group that is largely campaigning against illegal commercial fishing in the Tanon Strait.

    Tanon Strait is a huge body of water bounded by Cebu and Negros Islands, wi ...

  • Stakeholders Strengthen Collaboration For Tanon Strait

    Government agencies, including local chief executives and fisherfolk and nonprofit organizations, promised to strengthen their collaboration in protecting the Tanon Strait from illegal and destructive fishing.

    Last week the Department of Environment and Natural Resources convened the second Enforcement Summit in Cebu City, in partnership with Oceana, an international advocacy organization dedicated to ocean conservation.

    Government agencies and local governments worked closely with nonprofit organizations and community champions to review the state of enforcement of the management plan a ...

  • Government, Private Sector Vow To Combat Illegal Fishing In Tanon Strait

    Various stakeholders in Tanon Strait vowed to strengthen collaboration to combat illegal fishing and protect one of the countrys important fishing grounds in the Visayas.

    The Tanon Strait is an important fishing ground down south. About 288,000 small-scale fishers rely on the bounty of Tanon, which is part of the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS).

    The area is supposed to be exclusive fishing grounds for municipal fishers, but the competition from commercial fishers who illegally enter the strait, plus destructive fishing methods used by small-scale fishers, have led to an overall de ...

  • A Second Look At Closed Fishing Season

    A Second Look At Closed Fishing Season

    Various stakeholders in the Visayas closed ranks on November 15 to enforce the "closed fishing season" for herring, mackerel and sardines in the Visayan Sea by virtue of Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 167-3.

    The three-month closed fishing season every year from November 15 to February 15?prohibits commercial fishing of the three important fish species in the Visayan Sea.

    During the closed fishing, the fishes are allowed to spawn.

    FAO 167-3, or the Establishing a Closed Season for the Conservation of Sardines, Herrings and Mackerels in the Visayan Sea, specifically prohibits the ...

  • Church Signs MOA To Protect Marine Life

    Church Signs MOA To Protect Marine Life

    The Cebu Archdiocese through the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concerns (CACEC), will now take an active role in the conservation of Tanon Strait.

    CACEC chair Fr. Murphy Sarsonas bared plans to create a parish-based environmental action group that will help spread the word on the need to preserve and clean Cebu?s coastal environment.

    A memorandum of agreement between the Cebu Archdiocese and nongovernment organizations (NGO) for the protection of Tanon Strait was signed yesterday by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Atty. Gloria Estenzo-Ramos, vice president for the Philippines ...

  • Protecting Tanon Strait

    Protecting Tanon Strait

    One of the countrys major municipal fishing grounds and home to amazing creatures of the sea in the Visayas, the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), is getting the much-needed boost from various stakeholders.

    Collectively known as "Protectors of Tanon Strait" the alliance of national government agencies, local governments, law-enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations linked arms once more literally and figuratively speaking to ensure the sustainable management of the TSPS and ensure the strict enforcement of various environmental laws, inclu ...