Press Releases

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 07:20

Saving Juan, One Pawikan at a Time #savingjuanpawikan

(Earth Island Institute Philippines supports this call-out from Saving Juan Pawikan and artist-writer and environmentalist Celine Fabie).

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:51

Sharing marine wildlife rescue and response knowledge to the public

Historic day at the Ninoy Aquino Park and Wildlife Center as Dr. Arnel "AA" Yaptinchay of the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines leads the launch of the Philippine Aquatic Wildlife Rescue and Response Manual for marine turtles and marine mammals. You can download a free copy of the rescue and response manual at

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:40

Korean and Filipino whale advocates ask governments to prohibit re-export of belugas

In a press conference held yesterday, March 26, 2015 in Korea, the Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) and the Earth Island Institute Philippines urge the governments of Korea and the Philippines to prohibit the re-exportation of beluga whales, specifically those from the Geoje Sea World (GSW) in Korea to the Manila Ocean Park (MOP) in the Philippines.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:23

Should Manila Ocean Park be allowed to import Beluga whales?

In addition to being considered as “near threatened” based on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), beluga whales are also listed in the appendix of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as a specie that is “not necessarily threatened extinction, but in which trade must be controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival.”

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:59

'No permit yet' is BFAR's long-awaited response on inquiries about beluga whales importation

Last week, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) faxed their long-awaited response to our inquiry about Manila Ocean Park’s (MOP) plan to import beluga whales. A copy of BFAR’s letter dated March 5, 2015 and MOP's letter-of-intent is appended to this post.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:31

CITES Authority in PH recommends that application for import of beluga whales be denied

The National Museum, a CITES authority in the Philippines explained the four points in their recommendation that the application of Manila Ocean Park to import beluga whales be denied.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:58

Siliman University 'strongly advises' vs importation of belugas

Siliman University emailed us recently about their position on Manila Ocean Park's plan to import beluga whales into the country.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 13:18

'Love for the environment' (TalaAkayan Valentines Episode)

Mong Palatino talks about why Filipinos should love the environment here in TalaAkayan a radio show every Tuesday 6-7 PM at Radyo Veritas 846AM. TalaAkayan is a partnership between Earth Island Institute, Kodao Productions and the Promotion of Church People's Response.

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 16:50

Dolphin Rescue Training featured on Rubi on a Roadtrip

The work that we do in Earth Island Institute Philippines and network of advocates from the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines,, and the Large Large Marine Vertebrate Project, Philippines was recently featured in Rubi On A Roadtrip, a primetime eco-travel show at the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) airing every Saturday at 6:30PM and Sunday at 8PM. You can also tune-in abroad via The Filipino Channel (TFC).

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 11:58

Citizen Science #TeamBuilding2015

Social media tools are increasingly being used by scientists to identify and track wildlife species. Through open source software solutions like Wildbook, scientists rely on crowdsourcing to conduct mark-recapture and animal biometrics. Or in other words, the wildlife photos and videos posted on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, and other websites are used by scientists to tag and photo-identify individual animals.