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

  • Tanon Strait Cited As Biggest Protected Seascapes In PH

    Tanon Strait Cited As Biggest Protected Seascapes In PH

    The Tanon Strait Protected Seascapes (TSPS) is the biggest protected seascapes in the country today with a total coverage area of 518,221 hectares of coastal and marine habitats of live corals reefs, seagrasses, mangroves and marine mammals, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas said today.

    DENR-7 protected area superintendent Am Prospero Lendio, during the AGIO Forum Tuesday, told Manila Bulletin that TSPS is also home to 14 of the 28 protected species of dolphins in the Philippines.

    Lendio said TSPS covers 42 cities and towns in the provinces of ...

  • Born To Be Wild: Ocean World: Dolphin, The Charming Predator

    Aside from their playful attitude, dolphins are also well-known for their hunting techniques to capture their preys. Know more about the ocean's 'charming predator' in this video.

  • Bigiw-Bugsay Upholding Traditional Sailing

    Bigiw-Bugsay Upholding Traditional Sailing

    A five-day expedition followed by a regatta was held in several areas hemming in the Tanon Strait in the Central Visayas to honor the traditional culture and heritage of seafarers and navigators who use dugout canoes called Bigiw.

    Since the first Bigiw-Bugsay event was staged in 2016, a growing number of fisherfolk have joined the regatta.

    This year over 60 participants registered for the youth, women and mens Bigiw paddling and sailing races, Oceana Philippines said in a news release.

    The regatta was held at the Seaside Park in Moalboal on April 22. To make its third year more exciti ...

  • Interagency Body Vows Stronger Protection For Tanon Strait

    The Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance in Region 7 (CLEAR 7) recently agreed to set up a multiagency, multisectoral task force to develop and implement an operational plan to minimize and eventually eradicate illegal fishing in Tanon Strait by the end of the year.

    CLEAR 7 is an interagency body established in 2000 to pursue a coordinated coastal law-enforcement strategy in Central Visayas,

    The strait is a body of water separating the islands of Negros and Cebu. It is about 161-kilometer long and connects the Visayan Sea in the north to the Bohol Sea in the south.

    Threatened by destruct ...

  • 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 ...