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

  • Fighting The Good Fight

    Fighting The Good Fight

    For Gloria "Golly" Estenzo-Ramos, it was environmental law that made her practice more meaningful. As Oceana Philippines vice president and co-founder of the Philippine Earth Justice Center, Ramos is constantly on the frontlines of marine preservation.

    "I had a client who was a women's rights advocate and she really paved the way for my entry into civil society and the NGO world," says Ramos, who was a long-time corporate lawyer - a big leap from the NGO work she does now.

    She shares it was her fellow Cebuano Tony Oposa who really brought her into the environmental advocacy. "He needed s ...

  • Strengthening The Management Of Protected Areas In Philippines

    Strengthening The Management Of Protected Areas In Philippines

    Biodiversity conservation government officials and experts welcomed President Duterte's signing into law on June 22 the Republic Act 11038, or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-Nipas) Act.

    The law amends the previous version of the law, Republic Act 7586, or the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas), which promotes and strengthens the management of protected areas in the Philippines, and to protect and conserve the country's rich biodiversity against various threats.

    As the title suggests, E-Nipas expands the areas covered and the number of protected ...

  • Fisherfolk To Duterte: Help Us Protect Tanon Strait

    Fisherfolk To Duterte: Help Us Protect Tanon Strait

    Fisherfolk from Cebu and Negros have called on President Rodrigo Duterte to help protect Tanon Strait, the country's biggest marine protected area, from commercial fishing operators and poachers.

    Their petition, which will be filed before the Office of the President, was drafted during the two-day Tanon Strait Fisherfolk Forum that concluded yesterday.

    Despite being declared a protected area, threats against Tanon Strait still persist, affecting both marine life and the livelihood of fishermen.

    These threats prompted the fisherfolk to also ask Duterte to instruct Department of Agricul ...

  • The Expanded NIPAS Act (1st Of Four Parts)

    The Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, or Republic Act 11038, was signed into law on June 22, but it was only publicly known last week.

    It is now the enabling law for the establishment, disestablishment, and management of protected areas in the Philippines. Basically, the ENIPAS has two main features - it amends Republic Act 7586, or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, and declares 94 sites from various regions of the country as new protected areas.

    Both the ENIPAS and NIPAS refer protected area as "identified portions of land and/or water set aside ...

  • ACB Chief Pushes For Marine Biodiversity Protection Conservation In Southeast Asia

    ACB Chief Pushes For Marine Biodiversity Protection Conservation In Southeast Asia

    The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is pushing for collective efforts in protecting and conserving Southeast Asia's marine resources.

    ACB Executive Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim highlighted the need to establish the interconnectivity of the Asean marine ecosystems to rally support at the regional level.

    "As I take on the challenge as the executive director of the Asean Centre for Biodiversity, I hope to encourage more collective efforts in protecting and conserving the rich marine resources, not just of the Philippines, but of the entire Asean region. If we can establish the interc ...

  • 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 ...