Oceana Philippines

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Oceana has offices in the United States, the European Union, Chile, Belize, Brazil and the Philippines. Oceana staff work in their home countries to return oceans to former levels of abundance through the use of science-based solutions. Our scientists work closely with our teams of economists, ...

lawyers and policy experts to achieve tangible results for our oceans.

Oceana Philippines 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 ...

  • Protecting Our Seas

    Protecting Our Seas

    I didn't know that Manila Bay is rich in sardines, and neither did I know that our country is declared by scientists as -center of the center of marine biodiversity because of its rich marine life on a per hectare basis. Unfortunately, this marine "wealth" is rapidly getting lost due to overfishing and illegal fishing.

    These interesting facts I learned when my friends and I had a leisurely lunch with the officers of Oceana Philippines, an agency that works to restore our fisheries abundance through sustainable management interventions. Established in 2014, it bats for the strong enforcement ...

  • 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 ...

  • Philippines Protects Deep-Sea Corals Bluefin Tuna And More With Benham Bank Marine Protected Area

    Philippines Protects Deep-Sea Corals Bluefin Tuna And More With Benham Bank Marine Protected Area

    After advocacy by Oceana and its allies, the Philippines government has created a new marine protected area in Benham Bank, declaring 50,000 hectares as a strict protection zone and an additional 300,000 hectares as a Fisheries Management Area. This declaration will help protect marine life, including mesophotic (deep-sea) coral reefs, whales, dolphins, sharks, rays and sea turtles. The area is also a spawning area for Pacific bluefin tuna, one of the most expensive fish on Earth.

    Oceana Senior Advisor Alexandra Cousteau, who visited the region in 2016, called Benham Bank a "treasure" and u ...

  • Dancing Sharks Herald Philippine Rise Protection

    Dancing Sharks Herald Philippine Rise Protection

    A hundred dancers and three shark mascots staged a flash mob at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on May 21 to celebrate the proclamation declaring portions of the Philippine Rise as protected areas.

    President Duterte issued the landmark environmental policy by declaring more than 350,000 hectares of the Philippine Rise as a marine resource reserve under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) Act. Almost 50,000 hectares of the marine reserve was declared as a strict-protection zone, where only scientific research is allowed.

    "The Philippine Rise represents our hope for a su ...

  • LAMAVE Celebrates Month Of The Ocean (MOO) With DENR And Partners

    LAMAVE Celebrates Month Of The Ocean (MOO) With DENR And Partners

    DENR-BMB and partners descended upon Apo Island, Negros Oriental to officially kick-off Month of the Ocean (MOO) 2018. This year's theme "Together for the Reefs" ("Sama-sama para sa Bahura") compliments and coincides with the International Year of the Reef and aims to get everyone involved in protection the Philippine Seas.

    The "Month of the Ocean" is celebrated annually in the Philippines during the month of May. Spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) MOO a ...