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

  • Pagal: An Ocean Hero

    Pagal: An Ocean Hero

    Things are much different now for the fisherfolk of San Remigio, a third-class municipality located in the northwestern part of Cebu.

    Incidents of illegal fishing have dwindled and the town enjoys bountiful harvests from the seas.

    "Maka-ingon gyud ka nga lahi ra siya sa una. Usahay lagi ang bangka na mismo magtakilid tungod sa kadaghan sa isda nga makuha (You can really say that things are different from before. Sometimes, the boat will tilt because of an abundant catch)," said Norlan Pagal, a 49-year-old sea patroller who is forever bound on a wheelchair.

    In 2015, Pagal - then the Ba ...

  • Vibrant Oceans Initiative Backs Oceana PH Drives

    The Philippines has been selected anew by Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the priority countries for its Vibrant Oceans Phase II making an investment of USD $86 million, it said in a press statement.

    The fund is to be shared with Australia, the Bahamas, Chile, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia Tanzania, Peru and the United States.

    These countries were chosen because they are home to priority coral geographies, are top fishing nations, and/or are countries where fish is a major food source.

    Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative works with world-class partners to ensure ...

  • 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 ...