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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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Success for sharks! Incredible numbers of reef sharks found in Philippine Marine Protected Area

Cagayancillo, Philippines, December 1, 2018 – Scientists from Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE), Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) have found incredibly high numbers of reefs sharks in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), Philippines. The numbers are higher than most other marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world and highlight the importance of large, well-managed marine protected areas like TRNP for the conservation of reef-associated sharks and rays. These results provide hope for shark conservation in the Coral Triangle, where many populations are in a state of decline.

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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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Scientific study takes a deeper look into the reproduction of mobulid rays in the Philippines

Bohol, Philippines, August 6, 2018, A new scientific publication “Life History, Growth, and Reproductive Biology of Four Mobulid Species in the Bohol Sea, Philippines” has been published in the Journal Frontiers in Marine Science. The study by Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) was lead by researcher Joshua Rambahiniarison and aimed to determine life history and reproductive parameters for several mobulids caught in the Philippines to provide vital information on the sustainability of the exploitation and consumptive use of these megafauna, at the country level and worldwide.

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

Whale sharks moved between the Sulu and Bohol Seas, and the Pacific Ocean

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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Scientists in the Philippines tag the biggest tiger shark so far

Puerto Princesa, Philippines, June 12, 2018 – Scientists from Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE), Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) and Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) have successfully tagged a 3.5-meter tiger shark and three grey reef sharks as part of a long-term study in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

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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

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Every Turtle Counts. Rescue & Release

23 January 2018 Silliman Beach, Dumaguete, The Philippines 

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Scientists film the first ever live encounter of the rare and Endangered Ornate Eagle Ray in the Philippines

5 January 2018 Cagayancillio, Palawan

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1000th Whale Shark Identified in Philippine Waters

18 August 2016, the Philippines

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When Blood Red Design Meets LAMAVE Conservation the Result Is/equals Protection All Round

27 June 2016, the Philippines

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RESEARCHERS TAG THE FIRST TIGER SHARK IN THE CORAL TRIANGLE 

24 June 2016 Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, The Philippines 

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Shark Tagging Expedition to Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Hailed a Success

3 May 2017 Puerto Princessa, Palawan, The Philippines

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Research Unites: Taiwan Whale Shark Seen in the Philippines Becomes First International Photographic Match in Asia

6 April 2013 Cagayancillio, Palawan