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Scientists discover 'bright spots': A miracle in Indonesia’s depleting marine life

Jun 16, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Given the widespread depletion of coral reef fisheries globally we were really excited to find these bright spots that were faring much better than we anticipated

MARINE LIFE. Coral reef in Bali, Indonesia on 21 January 2011 suffering from mass coral bleaching on reefs. EPA/The Nature Conservancy/Joanne Wilson

3 ways to save Nemo and Dory

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Finding Dory can inspire people to see fish in the wild – not bring them home

Instead of wanting to possess fish, let Finding Dory inspire us all to see them in their home – the big blue, where Nemo, Dory and all their friends belong. Shown is a healthy coral reef in Palawan. All photos from Greggy Yan

Dozens of Philippine fish species in danger – study

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Overfishing to meet the demands of a fast growing population and Chinese restaurants around the region is a key factor in the decline says Gregorio dela Rosa a marine biologist with Haribon

AN OVERFISHING PROBLEM. An image made available on March 21, 2016 shows fish produce at a market in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, March 18, 2016. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

What coral reefs are telling us about climate change

Dec 05, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Reports on a new mass coral bleaching event could only emphasize the importance of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference or Conference of Parties COP21 to be held from November 30 to December 11 in France

CORAL BLEACHING. In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on 02 October 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

Samar-based NGO finalist in Project Inspire 2015

Nov 25, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi Center for Local Economy Development provides a sustainable social enterprise model for seaweed farmers in Northern Samar

Image courtesy of Sentro ha Pagpauswag ha Panginabuhi.

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

More than 4,000 volunteers clean up Zamboanga's protected beaches

Jul 15, 2015 - 8:48 PM

Nature lovers from all walks of life pool together to help create garbage free seas and healthier oceans

IN PHOTOS: 12 'rare and new' species in Verde Island Passage

Jun 12, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Meet spectacular sea slugs sea urchins and starfish that further affirm the Philippines reputation as a hotspot for marine biodiversity

Halgerda species

China reclamation poses P4.8-B economic loss for PH

Apr 23, 2015 - 7:15 PM

The Philippine fisheries bureau says China s reclamation in 5 reefs in the Spratlys has buried 311 hectares of coral reefs – 5 times the size of Rizal Park in Manila

BURIED REEFS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

9th ASEAN Leaderspeak: Educating ASEAN on marine and coastal management

Apr 23, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Distinguished scientists from the California Academy of Sciences CAS share their insights on citizen science as a new initiative for protecting and conserving essential marine and coastal areas

Dr. Terry Gosliner, Dr. Meg Burke, and Dr. Richard Mooi at the 9th ASEAN Leaderspeak at the Asian Institute of Management. Image courtesy AIM

Palawan youth fight for reefs, forests through stories

Nov 20, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Allowing the youth to become front runners of environmental conservation through story writing is a good way to empower them

TV chef Bobby Chinn's PH visit: On milking camels, shark fin, and Pinoy food

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:39 AM

Where in the world is Bobby Chinn? For a while he was in the Philippines Here s what he had to say about conservation issues traveling to the country and his new show

Indonesia, Malaysia, PH, Vietnam join forces to crack down on turtle trade

Jun 07, 2014 - 1:50 PM

The alarming trend over the decade justifies the need for neighboring countries to make transboundary arrangements and improve the protection between national governments

Haiyan’s wake-up call

Nov 26, 2013 - 11:30 PM

The ravaged places and faces we are now seeing in the Philippines paint an all too real picture of what is in store for the rest of the region

Isla Verde: Garbage, pollution threaten world jewel

Sep 24, 2013 - 1:42 PM

Pollution continues to plague the most important marine sanctuary in the world

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT. In 2004, scientists declared the Verde Island Passage between Batangas and Mindoro the center of the coral triangle. Photo from

What getting stuck can teach you about moving forward

Jul 08, 2013 - 11:09 AM

It’s oftentimes easy to get stuck after years of working in the same set up And it’s also easy to ignore this in most cases primarily because you feel safe

Why we must protect our seas

Jun 08, 2013 - 11:55 PM

Philippine fish stocks are depleting as a result of overfishing and habitat destruction

Hope for Tubbataha, cradle of life

Jun 08, 2013 - 12:29 PM

On World Oceans Day we have renewed hope for Tubbataha Reef s full recovery after intrusions by the USS Guardian and a Chinese poaching vessel

A NEW WORLD. The Tubbataha Reef is home to countless fish and corals. All photos by Gregg Yan

85% of 'Coral Triangle' reefs at risk

Jul 09, 2012 - 11:16 AM

More than 85 percent of reefs in Asia s Coral Triangle are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development pollution and overfishing a new report warned Monday July 9

Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD