Sarangani Bay


Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape is located on the southern tip of Mindanao in the Philippines. It opens up to the Celebes Sea on the Pacific Ocean. As many as 2,400 species of marine animals have been found in the bay. The dominant catch include yellowfin tuna, shipjack, and mackerel.

The primary focus of aquaculture in the province of Sarangani is prawn fishing. Prawn ponds are l ...

ocated on the eastern and western shores of the province. Tilapia and milkfish ponds are also found in different parts of the bay.

Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape News

  • New Sightings Of Whale Sharks Reported In Sarangani Bay

    New Sightings Of Whale Sharks Reported In Sarangani Bay

    Marine researchers reported on Friday fresh sightings of three to five possible new migrant whale sharks or "butandings" in a portion of Sarangani Bay.

    Dr. Roy Mejorada, marine biologist and in-house veterinarian of the Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), said the whale sharks were spotted by their team off the shores of Barangay Ladol, Alabel town in Sarangani province on Thursday.

    He said the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) were found in deep portions of the waters adjacent to several fish cages.

    Mejorada, who heads a research tasked to monitor and docu ...

  • Whale Sharks Return To Sarangani Bay

    Whale Sharks Return To Sarangani Bay

    At least 14 whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), or "butanding," have been seen feeding in Sarangani Bay since last month, prompting local and environment officials to appeal to coastal communities to protect these sea creatures.

    Nilo Tamoria, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional director in Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) said some of the butanding were recently seen feeding in the waters off Barangay Silway during the monitoring that started in late February.


    The Task Force Butanding-GenSan said t ...

  • DENR Pushes Whale Shark Protection In Sarangani Bay

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 12 (DENR-12) is pushing for stringent measures to ensure the protection of at least 16 whale sharks or "butandings" that have been spotted in parts of the Sarangani Bay.

    DENR-12 Director Nilo Tamoria said Monday they are coordinating with various stakeholders for the adoption of proper conservation and protection measures for the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus).

    ?This is an urgent concern because we need to ascertain that these whale sharks should be protected while they are still in our area," Tamoria said.

    Tamoria, who met ...

  • PENRO Steps Up Protection Measures For Dolphins In Sarangani Bay

    Environment personnel have stepped up their monitoring and enforcement activities in parts of Sarangani Bay to protect its thriving dolphin population and other fish species.

    Kristopher Benzonan, technical staff of the Sarangani Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said they have set regular monitoring activities in portions of the bay to help maintain water quality and prevent activities that might harm its marine resources.

    He said these include the conduct of marine mammal surveys to check on the status of the bay's dolphin population.

    The surveys are suppor ...

  • Protect The Environment Tayo Ang Kalikasan

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched this week in Mindanao its "Tayo ang Kalikasan" (We are Nature) movement aimed at mobilizing citizen support for environmental protection and responsible use of the country's natural resources.

    The national movement was launched in April in Laoag City, in Northern Luzon, after the annual Earth Day celebration in which participants combed beaches and had a record haul of debris, mostly plastics. Soon afterwards, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu spoke in Antique where he urged local officials and citizen groups to help clean up the r ...

  • Mindanao Youth Urged To Protect The Environment

    Mindanao Youth Urged To Protect The Environment

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged the Mindanao youth to protect the environment, starting with segregation of waste at source.

    DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu rallied the youth and the people of Mindanao at the Mindanao launch of "Tayo ang Kalikasan," a DENR-led citizens movement for environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

    Speaking in General Santos City, near Sarangani Bay, Cimatu said that ordinary citizens can help protect the environment through simple means, like proper solid waste management.

    "We can prevent more plastic from reaching the ...