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

  • Marine Scientist Calls For Stronger Action To Protect Philippine Seas

    Marine Scientist Calls For Stronger Action To Protect Philippine Seas

    Marine scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly says that their report has shown that the catch of fisheries across the globe is not only much higher than what is being reported by FAO it has also been declining in the past two decades.

    A team of marine biologists on Friday, January 12, called for stronger action to conserve and protect Philippines' marine resources.

    "We cannot let fishery resources continue to be overfished. This endangers our food security, both in the short term and in the long term, because overfishing also demolishes the ecosystems within which these resources are embedded," the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Government, Private Sector Vow To Combat Illegal Fishing In Tanon Strait

    Various stakeholders in Tanon Strait vowed to strengthen collaboration to combat illegal fishing and protect one of the countrys important fishing grounds in the Visayas.

    The Tanon Strait is an important fishing ground down south. About 288,000 small-scale fishers rely on the bounty of Tanon, which is part of the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS).

    The area is supposed to be exclusive fishing grounds for municipal fishers, but the competition from commercial fishers who illegally enter the strait, plus destructive fishing methods used by small-scale fishers, have led to an overall de ...

  • Search For Rarest Species Of Whales Dolphins Begins In PHs Bais

    Search For Rarest Species Of Whales Dolphins Begins In PHs Bais

    Like a sports team before a big game, we clasp our hands and bow our heads in prayer except were in the middle of the sea and were surrounded by sweaty boatmen.

    Captain Ricardo Reynaldo finishes his prayer and gestures to the water, strangely calm this morning.

    "The Tanon Strait is famous for its dolphins and whales. Each has its own personality: bottlenose dolphins stay near the shallows, while acrobatic spinner dolphins ply open waters. Larger Rissos dolphins like to float upside down, tails sticking out of the water but the rarest creature of all is the pygmy sperm whale. It is very ...

  • A Second Look At Closed Fishing Season

    A Second Look At Closed Fishing Season

    Various stakeholders in the Visayas closed ranks on November 15 to enforce the "closed fishing season" for herring, mackerel and sardines in the Visayan Sea by virtue of Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) 167-3.

    The three-month closed fishing season every year from November 15 to February 15?prohibits commercial fishing of the three important fish species in the Visayan Sea.

    During the closed fishing, the fishes are allowed to spawn.

    FAO 167-3, or the Establishing a Closed Season for the Conservation of Sardines, Herrings and Mackerels in the Visayan Sea, specifically prohibits the ...