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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...