Celebes Sea


The Celebes Sea, also called Laut Sulawesi, of the western Pacific Ocean is bordered on the north by the Sulu Archipelago and Sulu Sea and Mindanao Island of the Philippines. The Celeb Sea is an important part of the Coral Triangle and the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion project.

The Celebes Sea is home to a wide variety of fish and aquatic creatures. The tropical setting and warm c ...

lear waters permit it to harbor about 580 of the world's 793 species of reef-building corals, which grow as some of the most bio-diverse coral reefs in the world, and an impressive array of marine life, including whales and dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, barracuda, marlin and other reef and pelagic species.

Celebes Sea News

  • BFAR Creates More Tuna Conservation Zones

    The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will set up additional Tuna Conservation and Management Zones (TCMZ) in tuna fishing grounds within the country's territorial waters next year.

    Rafael Ramiscal, BFAR's capture fisheries division chief, said on Thursday they plan to expand the project in five fishing grounds of the country's eastern and western coasts.

    He said the project will take off from the pilot TCMZ launched last April in identified "small tuna hotspots" off the Celebes Sea in Sarangani Province.

    The establishment of the tuna conservation zone, a "national prio ...

  • Finding Ourselves Among The Changing Tribe

    Finding Ourselves Among The Changing Tribe

    It's about refusing to allow your dreams to destroy you, writes Richard Hogan

    So, my time in the Philippines has come to an end. After all the long goodbyes, mango floats, and tears I'm heading home, exhausted but with a full heart. I'm currently hurtling over the Himalayas towards the Western World, where my life awaits.

    Of course, my training in psychotherapy doesn't allow me to have such a rich experience without unpacking it all, without wading through what it all meant, and what it brought up for me and why. That's the great privilege of being a psychotherapist, like the poet that s ...

  • Living Treasures Of The Celebes Sea

    Living Treasures of the Celebes Sea in Sulu.

  • Fishing In Wild Country

    Fishing In Wild Country

    Bluefin trevally is a type of sportfish commonly sought by local anglers who are willing to travel some distance for the thrill and excitement of pulling it up.

    This species used to be found in abundance in the Straits of Malacca, particularly around rocky Pulau Sembilan, Pulau Perak and the East Coast, especially among shallow reefs.

    Unfortunately, bluefin trevally can rarely be found in our waters. Even if it is caught on the rod and line today, the size is much smaller, mostly less than 1kg, a far cry from those caught a decade ago.

    Its population has dwindled, caused by heavy fish ...

  • Turtles And Other Creatures In The Celebes Sea

    As Morcheba states: Wonder never cease... particularly underwater!

    In the video: Green turtles, Crocodile Fish, Blue-ringed octopus, frog fish, the always popular Nudibranch, pipe fish and what I believe is a mini-scorpion fish... Thanks a lot to the Australian couple who provided me with the clip after scaring the turtles. No hard feelings guys!

  • Where Its Easy To Land Monsters

    Where Its Easy To Land Monsters

    Tucked somewhere in the Celebes Sea, Sambit island, off the East Kalimantan coast, is perhaps one of the last untouched fishing frontiers for game fishing in this part of the world.

    Its geographical location, surrounded by the Tawi-Tawi archipelago in the north and many islands off Sulawesi to the east and south side (an area more than half the size of Borneo), has protected it from being encroached on by greedy commercial fishermen.

    The thick and rich coral formation surrounding the Celebes Sea makes it difficult for big boats to manoeuvre in and out of the area. Some parts of the sea a ...