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

  • 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 ...

  • Bigiw-Bugsay Upholding Traditional Sailing

    Bigiw-Bugsay Upholding Traditional Sailing

    A five-day expedition followed by a regatta was held in several areas hemming in the Tanon Strait in the Central Visayas to honor the traditional culture and heritage of seafarers and navigators who use dugout canoes called Bigiw.

    Since the first Bigiw-Bugsay event was staged in 2016, a growing number of fisherfolk have joined the regatta.

    This year over 60 participants registered for the youth, women and mens Bigiw paddling and sailing races, Oceana Philippines said in a news release.

    The regatta was held at the Seaside Park in Moalboal on April 22. To make its third year more exciti ...

  • Oceana Welcomes Marine Research Offer On PH Rise

    Oceana, an international organization focused solely on conservation of the oceans, has welcomed the offer of Silliman University in Dumaguete City to participate in the marine research in the Philippine Rise, previously known as Benham Rise.

    Danny Ocampo, oceans campaign manager of Oceana-Philippines, on Tuesday evening, March 20, expressed gratitude to the offer made by Dr. Hilconida Calumpong of the Silliman University's Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences (SU-IEMS) during the opening of the Philippine Rise exhibit at the university.

    "I think it is important for research to ...

  • Interagency Body Vows Stronger Protection For Tanon Strait

    The Coastal Law Enforcement Alliance in Region 7 (CLEAR 7) recently agreed to set up a multiagency, multisectoral task force to develop and implement an operational plan to minimize and eventually eradicate illegal fishing in Tanon Strait by the end of the year.

    CLEAR 7 is an interagency body established in 2000 to pursue a coordinated coastal law-enforcement strategy in Central Visayas,

    The strait is a body of water separating the islands of Negros and Cebu. It is about 161-kilometer long and connects the Visayan Sea in the north to the Bohol Sea in the south.

    Threatened by destruct ...

  • Stephen Speaks Singer To Help In Rehab Of Visayan Sea

    Stephen Speaks Singer To Help In Rehab Of Visayan Sea

    After snorkeling in Agho Island in Concepcion town earlier this month, singer-songwriter Rockwell Ryan Ripperger of the famous American acoustic band Stephen Speaks decided to help the community restore its coral reefs.

    "I do understand that after (Super Typhoon) Yolanda (in 2013), a lot of reefs in the Visayan Sea were damaged," said Ripperger, adding that the restoration is possible since he saw "a couple of healthy reefs where there are plenty of corals and fish. But for most part, it's dead reef."

    Ripperger shared his plan during the convergence meeting of Bureau of Fisheries and Aqu ...

  • Enforcement Summit For Visayas Sea Conservation Eyed

    Enforcement Summit For Visayas Sea Conservation Eyed

    Alarmed by the decreasing fish catch in the Visayas Sea, an enforcement summit will be held on April to discuss the proposed ecosystems approach to fisheries management in the countrys third largest fishing ground.

    This developed after the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported that the catch per unit effort for the past five years in Visayas Sea was 34 percent lower than target. It also noted a decrease of length at maturity of sardines from 13 to 10.2 centimeter. The sardines lifetime egg contribution also fell to just 16 percent. Ideally, it should be more than 40 perc ...