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Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines is a non-profit, non-stock conservation organization that aims to foster a better appreciation of the marine environment, its ecological processes and how it affects us all through information dissemination, education, campaigns, training, research, and other related activities. The organization focuses on long-lived marine animals such as dolphins, whales, ...

dugong, sharks, rays and marine turtles: iconic species of the marine environment

Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines News

  • Killer Whale Sighted In Puerto Galera

    The sighting of a killer whale in Puerto Galera, a town in Oriental Mindoro and a popular tourist destination in Luzon, has caught the attention of marine wildlife-conservation advocates.

    The fascinating marine mammal, about 7 meters long, was photographed and posted on Facebook (FB) through the account of Kai Tagaki, who first thought it was a dolphin jumping up and down.

    Posted on April 18, at 12:38 p.m., the FB post was shared 383 times as of this writing and drew various reactions.

    One FB comment expressed fear that it might attack humans. Another comment said the sighting is a go ...

  • Road Map Gives Sharks Rays Conservation A Boost

    People who crave for exotic food find sharks and rays as special treats. The meat of these rare fish species are discreetly sold in the market, unlike the ordinary fish caught in the ocean.

    Sharks and rays are feared because of their sheer size and appearance. This, however, does not stop fishers from targeting these species because of the demand for meat and, lately, body parts, which are believed to have high medicinal properties.

    Cooked in vinegar, locally called paksiw, the demand is especially high for baby sharks. Rays are especially cooked with coconut milk, or gata, and turned in ...

  • Marine Wildlife Watch Of The Philippines Formally Joins The DENR As Conservation Partner

    Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines becomes the latest conservation partner of DENR in the protection of Philippine endangered marine life. Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines or MWWP is a non-profit, non-stock organization that aims to foster a better appreciation of the marine environment, its ecological processes and how it affects us all through information dissemination, education, campaigns, training, research, and other related activities. The organization focuses on long-lived marine animals such as dolphins, whales, dugong, sharks, rays and marine turtles: iconic species of ...

  • In Silay Volunteers Trained On Rescue Of Turtles

    A basic training on response, rescue and tagging of marine turtles was conducted Thursday in Silay City for 30 Bantay Dagat volunteers and some personnel of the local government.

    Dave Gumban Albao, executive director for the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc., one of the joint partners for the training, said it was a step from an incident earlier this month when the Silay City Bantay Dagat rescued a sea turtle from the waters within Silay City area that got painted due to training gaps among the volunteers.

    Photos of the rescued turtle painted on the back with th ...

  • Zubiri Bill Wants To Ban Trade In Sharks Rays

    A Senate bill has been filed seeking to prohibit all trade in sharks and rays, which are being threatened by unchecked overfishing and bycatching.

    Authored by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate Bill 1245 proposes to forbid "the catching, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, and exportation of all sharks and rays or any part thereof" all over the Philippines.

    The proposed Sharks and Rays Conservation Act seeks to impose penalties of up to 12 years imprisonment or a fine of up to P1 million, or both, to violators of the ban, including those who "inflict injury on sharks and rays."
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  • Youth Called To Help Save Sharks

    Around 20 young people coming from Negros, Cebu, and Zamboanga.

    According to Anna R. Oposa, Executive Director of Save Philippines for the youth because young people are usually not involved in the dialogue for shark conservation.

    "You only ask policy makers, you ask the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, you ask NGOs, but the voice of the youth is not always considered," Oposa stressed.

    AA Yaptinchay, Director of the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, stated that this forum is especially significant for the youth given that they're the future leaders.

    "We want to en ...