The Philippines is home to at least 27 species of marine mammals, 5 species of marine turtles, at least 5 species of manta and devil rays, and one of the largest populations of whale sharks in the world. As a result, stranding events are common in the Philippines. These events are commonly caused by interaction with fisheries (including entanglement in nets and accidental capture by hooks), boat strikes, and disease.
LAMAVE is a key resource provider for local marine wildlife stranding response networks, and is frequently called to advise and assist local and regional authorities in rescuing animals. In collaboration with the national authorities, LAMAVE has held marine wildlife rescue trainings in in more than 8 provinces across the Philippines, and have successfully rehabilitated and released over 15 animals, including marine turtles, spinner dolphins, and Cuvier’s beaked whales. LAMAVE has also performed necropsies on several species of marine wildlife including a megamouth shark, leatherback turtle, Blainville’s beaked whale, Dwarf sperm whale, Fraser’s dolphin and melon headed whale.
LAMAVE also regularly holds comprehensive stranding trainings in cooperation with local authorities and international organizations, and has organized a collaborative stranding network to respond to marine animal emergencies.
LAMAVE is also a contributor to the official Philippines Marine Wildlife Rescue Manuals, and is working in cooperation with national authorities and the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines to conduct trainings around the country, in order to create and strengthen stranding networks.
LAMAVE works in collaboration with both the Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Wildlife (BRUMW) and the Cebu Marine Rescue Network (CEMARNET). We provide assistance for stranding rescues in Cebu, Negros Oriental, Leyte, and Mindanao.