BEWARE: Manila Bay is still NOT CLEAN

Photos are going around online showing many people visiting the Manila Bay area after the major clean-up activity performed last January 2019. This is quite alarming because people should be aware that the bay is still not ‘clean’ and poses certain health risks. It may appear to be tidier than before but it’s still critically…

A-B-Seas 2019 Schedules And More!

Are you interested in marine conservation but wondering how and where to start? Do you want to start learning how you can help in protecting our oceans? Well, Save Philippine Seas has something that’s just right for you – the A-B-Seas. The following are information to this year’s A-B-Seas events. First, What is the A-B-Seas?…

Australia’s Most Notable Solutions against Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought

There is no singular solution for addressing land degradation and achieving ecological sustainability. The problems are numerous, varied and often site-specific and interrelated. Hence, Australia’s response has been to develop an integrated package of mutually reinforcing projects that recognize this complexity and to encourage conservation and remediation. The following are some of Australia’s projects that…

Life on Land: The Antecedents of Land Degradation

One of mankind’s most precious asset and usually overlooked is the ‘land’. But come to think of it, the land is the life source that provides us and our environment with important ecosystem services. It gives us food and shelter and it also holds the treasure of other important resources like oils, minerals, freshwater, and…

The Exportation Trade of Shark Fins in the Philippines

Sharks belong to the class of cartilaginous fishes called the Chondrichthyes in which other animals includes like Stingrays, Batoids, Chimaeras, and Sawfishes. Chondrichthyans has various socio-economic purposes and distinctively, these fishes provide meat and shark fins for human consumption [1]. A common delicacy using shark fins is the shark fin soup that became an important Chinese…

Barely Alive

A poem by Hans Kristofer Luke Mariano “Do you know how many times you have killed me? Do you know how many times you’ve slit my throat yet I still kept on saying all of my unacknowledged feelings inside me even if each word means I’d be inflicted with great excruciating pain? Do you know…

Philippines’ Top Exported Live Aquatic Animals in 2017

Charybdis feriata (Crucifix Crab) [1] Especially important in markets in East Asia, where it commands substantially higher premium prices being sold for USD 8.00 to USD 15.00 per kilogram. Occurs at depths from 30 to 60 m. It is distributed in subtropical and tropical climates. It is also usually found in shallow sandy or rocky…

Mountain Province

Sagada is a town within the Mountain Province of the Philippines which is rich in indigenous culture.  The municipality is also known for its natural wonders such as waterfalls, pine forests, rice terraces, lake, and caves. (Photo c/o Leonard Guerrero) With more than 60 caves in Sagada, the Sumaguing Cave has the biggest chamber and…