The Bohol Rescue Unit for Marine Wildlife (BRUMW) is overseen by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and Bohol Environment Management Office (BEMO). Its members include several municipal government units, authorities such as the Philippine National Police and Philippine Coastguard, universities, and other non-government organizations.
Since its creation in 2000, BRUMW has responded to the stranding of almost 50 animals, including 27 marine mammals, 20 turtles and 2 whale sharks. Some of BRUMW’s successful rescues include the rehabilitation and release of a juvenile hawksbill turtle (a critically endangered species under the IUCN) and the successful release of a stranded whale shark
The 27 marine mammal strandings involved 11 species. In 87% of the live stranding cases, the animals were successfully released. This highlights the importance of a strong network to ensure a proper response, and the important role of raising awareness toward the mitigation of human related threats.
BRUMW also conducts stranding workshop trainings for locals that provide a comprehensive response strategy for marine wildlife rescues. Since 2011, we have trained over 250 individuals and helped organize 14 rescue trainings that have created local and regional response teams.
In 2013, LAMAVE presented a scientific poster describing some of these rescues at the 33rd International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.
To contact BRUMW or to report a stranding, please call:
BRUMW Hotline: TaRSIER 117
Globe: +63 917 510 1490
Smart : +63 949 795 5530
Sun Cellular: +63 922 237 7770