The Marine Megafauna Foundation was founded in 2009 in order to research, protect and conserve the large populations of large marine species such as sharks, rays, marine mammals and turtles. As these animals are long-lived and slow to reproduce, their populations are usually the first to be affected by anthropogenic causes and since they play a key role in marine ecosystems it’s even more important to protect them. LAMAVE have a close working relationship with Dr Simon Pierce, Dr Chris Rohner and Dr. Andrea Marshall from the Marine Megafauna Foundation and are collaborating on many projects, from raising awareness and exploration, to whale shark telemetry study, feeding ecology and megafauna micro plastic ingestion.
WWF Philippines, former Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas (Fund for Nature of the Philippines) or KKP, is the 26th organization in the WWF network to be a national organization. Since 1997 it successfully realized and supported numerous conservation projects to help protecting one of the most bio diverse ecosystems in Asia. Since March 2015 WWF-Philippines and LAMAVE have been working in collaboration to study the whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon.
Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) is a non-profit, non-stock organization that aims to support the conservation and protection of marine wildlife species and their habitats in the Philippines, especially concentrating on large animals like dolphins, whales, dugong, marine turtles, sharks and rays. LAMAVE and MWWP work together to train local, regional and national marine wildlife stranding networks, to raise awareness on the marine environment and to advice the national government on policy regarding marine wildlife tourism, captivity and fisheries. MWWP led the production of the first Official Philippines National Marine Wildlife Stranding response manual, where LAMAVE was also part of the Technical Working Group.
The Manta Trust was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate global research and conservation efforts for manta rays, their close relatives and their habitat. Their aim is to raise awareness and provide education to the general public about these fascinating creatures. With robust science and research work the Trust brings together a number of projects all around the globe. LAMAVE collaborate with manta trust to raise awareness about these amazing creatures and to gain more information regarding the status of their population and their ecology. Samples collected in the Philippines are shared as part of a project to understand the genetic structures of the manta and devil ray population worldwide. LAMAVE also collaborate with Manta Trust Philippines to collect information regarding the fisheries and trade of devil ray products in and out of the Philippines.
The ODYSSEA association is the first Luxembourgish organization concentrating on marine biology and other oceanic matters. It was founded in 2013 by marine biologists and offers internships as well as educational trips in order to provide a better understanding about the marine environment. Besides organizing Scuba Diving trips, Odyssea gives the opportunity to actively participate in research projects on whales and dolphins. Some of the Odyssea team have worked with LAMAVE over the years.
The UVic is a globally recognized research- intensive university in Canada, offering innovative programs for more than 20.000 students. LAMAVE have been collaborating with UVic since 2013 with Prof Dearden on the human wildlife interaction and the creation of conservation tools. Under the supervision of Prof. Dearden, LAMAVE have been interviewing more than a thousand tourist, divers and stakeholder in an effort to understand the market and maximise the conservation benefit of the tourism interaction while limiting the impact on the natural environment. As part of this collaboration, a Master and a PhD student from UVIC are actively working with the LAMAVE database to assess the tourism industry in the Philippines and to assess and design a marine protected area in the Visayas dedicated to marine megafauna.
The Tubbataha Protected Area Management (TPAMB) is the policy- making body for the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. It was created in 1999 and has 20 members from the national and local government, the academe and private sector. While the Management Office, based in Puerto Princesa, carries out day-to-day administration, the Marine Park Rangers actively protect the reefs from illegal activities and brief visitors during diving season. LAMAVE are working in collaboration with the park to assess the biodiversity of sharks and rays within the Natural Park.