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WOMEN IN CONSERVATION: RESEARCH, SCIENCE, SUSTAINABILITY, EMPOWERMENT

In celebration of Womens Month, we turn to the passionate, strong women leading some of LAMAVEs research and conservation projects across the Philippines. We ask what drives them and hear their take on scientific research and what motivates them to pursue conservation goals in the heart of the coral triangle.

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LAMAVE and the Philippine Siren team up again for an expedition of diving and whale sharks!

By  Gonzalo Araujo

This January we teamed up for a second time with Worldwide Dive and Sail to bring an exclusive trip around the Visayas, Philippines. This trip was designed to visit Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) project site in Sogod Bay, Southern Leyte, and potential study sites for marine megafauna.

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A new study reveals the impacts of whale shark mass tourism on the coral reefs in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines.

Oslob, Cebu, Philippines, December 11, 2018 - The collaborative research among the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the University of Guam (UoG), and the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) shows that whale shark tourism in Tan-awan, Oslob, Philippines has led to degradation of the local coral reef ecosystem. This study, which provides the first documentation of such ecological impact locally in Tan-awan, has recently been published in the scientific journal “Environmental Management”, and provided baseline data to measure future tourism management intervention and the shift towards a more sustainable tourism model.

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What makes the Philippine Siren trip with LAMAVE this January so special?

This January 2019, LAMAVE Executive Director will be joining the Philippine Siren, for a ‘Special Siren Trip’ on a unique 10 day itinerary around the Visayas, Philippines. We caught up with Gonzo to find out more about what makes the trip so “special”.

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Donsol attracts the Philippines largest whale sharks

And hosts the largest known whale shark aggregation in Southeast Asia.

Donsol, Philippines, 7 August 2018. A new scientific study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines and Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) has revealed that whale sharks in Donsol, Philippines are uncharacteristically larger than those found elsewhere in the Philippines. The study, which describes the population dynamics and strong site fidelity of adult whale sharks to the coastal waters of Donsol, has been published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science and represents the longest dataset on whale sharks in the country.

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Satellite tag study reveals Philippine waters are incredibly important for endangered whale sharks

Bohol Sea, Philippines, July 24 2018, a new scientific study by Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE), Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) and Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) on satellite tracking juvenile whale sharks in the Philippines has been published in the journal Peer J. To date, it is the most complete tracking study of whale sharks in the country, with satellite tags deployed on different individuals in multiple sites.

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Join LAMAVE for Expedition Shark #4

LAMAVE are looking for two explorers to join #ExpeditionShark4 - our fourth shark research expedition to Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines.

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THE GUILTY PLEASURE OF SWIMMING WITH HAND-FED WHALE SHARKS

Scientific study reveals tourist perspectives on the ethics of feeding whale sharks in Oslob, Philippines

Cebu, Philippines, April 10, 2018– A new scientific study published in the journal Tourism Management explores the ethics of feeding whale sharks to enhance tourism in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines.

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New study reveals the global biology of whale sharks

A new study explores how citizen science has contributed to our understanding of the basic biology and ecology of the whale shark on a global scale.

The publication: 'Undersea Constellations: The Global Biology of an Endangered Marine Megavertebrate Further Informed through Citizen Science', which was lead by Dr Brad Norman was a collaborative effort of 38 scientists, including LAMAVE Executive Directors Dr Alessandro Ponzo and Gonzalo Araujo, as well as David David and Elson Aca from WWF-Philippines. 

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LAMAVE SUPPORTS THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES AT #CMSCOP12 IN MANILA

October 23 2017, We are proud to support the Government of the Philippines at the Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) being held in Manila, the Philippines.