1. Capacity building
    Capacity building
    We work closely with local communities. I strive to share the aspects of the research we do to ensure it's put to practice. From adequate and responsible tourism, to information dissemination with stakeholders, this is essential for long-term conservation initiatives.
  2. Education: schools
    Education: schools
    As part of our conservation efforts, we team up with local schools to deliver content that complements the local curriculum through different activities and games.
  3. Snorkel Club
    Snorkel Club
    Learning about the marine environment isn't the same as seeing it in action. In 2016 we started the 'Pawikan Snorkel Club' to teach local children how to snorkel and marvel at the underwater world.
  4. Community activities
    Community activities
    Coastal clean-ups and movie nights are great ways of engaging communities. We partner with local shop owners to provide drinks and snacks for everyone, for a fun and educational activity day.

LAMAVE (www.lamave.org)

I am an executive director for the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines. We focus on marine conservation through research and education. We believe good science leads to better policy, and through community engagement we can tackle marine conservation issues. From schools to fishermen and members of the local communities in which we work, communication and information dissemination is essential. My research focus has been the whale shark: understanding the impacts of tourism on this endangered species, as well as their feeding ecology and movements. Since 2015 we have been conducting BRUV surveys across the Philippines to assess the effectiveness of marine protected areas for elasmobranchs. This work has now coupled with acoustic and satellite telemetry on focal species. We also focus on turtle ecology, tourism and movements, study the reproductive biology of mobulid rays in the Bohol Sea to ascertain the sustainability of an ongoing fishery, and are members of various stranding networks in the country.

Oceans Forward (www.oceansforward.org)

Oceans Forward was born out of the idea that small ripples can make big waves of change. A dynamic board of professionals from different disciplines gives this non-profit NGO a unique approach to ocean threats. Oceans Forward will be supporting marine conservation projects in developing countries where small help can bring about incredible change.
As Chair of the Science, technology & sustainability committee, and a member of the Project Selection committee, I will ensure projects are scientifically sound and equipped to serve the conservation priorities at hand as well as ensuring their long-term sustainability.