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

  • Protectors Of Tanon Strait Vow Renewed Drive Vs Illegal Fishing

    Protectors Of Tanon Strait Vow Renewed Drive Vs Illegal Fishing

    As the three-month-long closed fishing season in the Visayan Sea for sardines, herring and mackerel began on November 15, protectors of the Tanon Strait vowed to intensify the campaign against illegal commercial fishing activities within the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS).

    The closed fishing season in the Visayan Sea covers commercial fishing and will not affect the livelihood of small fishermen, Nathaniel Lucero, officer in charge of the Provincial Fisheries Office of Negros Oriental told reporters at a recent news conference.

    Various stakeholders that include the Department of ...

  • Special Prosecutor Seen To Curb Illegal Activities In Tanon Strait

    Environmental lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos on Wednesday lauded the appointment of a special prosecutor for the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), one of the countrys largest marine-protected areas (MPA).

    "With the designation of a special prosecutor for Tanon Strait, we will no longer have to file cases through city or prosecutors. There will be a state prosecutor from the Department of Justice [DOJ] who will handle the cases," Ramos said in an interview.

    Ramos is vice president of ocean-conservation advocacy group Oceana Philippines.

    With the DOJs appointment of a special prosecu ...

  • A Victory For Migratory Species

    A Victory For Migratory Species

    Conservation advocates in the Philippines have reasons to celebrate these days. They considered the recent listing of the five endangered migratory species in the appendices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), also called Bonn Convention, as a big step toward their protection and conservation throughout their migratory routes or range.

    Environmental ministers, who took part in the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CMS (COP12 CMS), recently approved 11 Philippine-drafted resolutions, including the up-listing of a shark and a fi ...

  • DOJ Names Tanon Strait Special Prosecutor

    DOJ Names Tanon Strait Special Prosecutor

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has appointed a special prosecutor to handle cases relating to abuses on Ta?on Strait that lies between the islands of Negros and Cebu and is the largest marine protected area in the country.

    Abuse cases will now be handled by Assistant State Prosecutor Karla Cabel.

    Environmental lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos, vice president of Oceana Philippines, welcomed Cabels appointment, saying that this will boost their campaign to preserve the beauty and bounty of the Tanon Strait that is under severe threat by illegal and destructive fishing, apart from climate chang ...

  • Seafood Security Highlighted In 54th Fish Conservation Week

    Seafood Security Highlighted In 54th Fish Conservation Week

    "The government, through the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) is working towards more sustainable management for the countrys fisheries and aquatic resources. We are relentless in carrying out initiatives geared towards more science-based management for our marine and inland resources. One of these programs, Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan or Clean and Abundant Seas, reflects the earnestness of the government to promote resource protection and conservation," says BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona.

    Fish Conservation Week is a yearly event org ...

  • Protecting Our Wildlife

    This week is very significant for the Philippines and the rest of the world. All roads lead to Manila as we are hosting the first-ever-in-Asia 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12), (http://cms.int/cop12), from October 23 to 28.

    The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) is the only global and UN-based intergovernmental organization established exclusively for the conservation and management of terrestrial, aquatic and avian migratory species throughout their ran ...