Save Sharks Network Philippines
Conserving Philippine sharks
Save Sharks Network Philippines (SSNP) is a coalition of organizations and institutions in the Philippines’ scientific, NGO, and tourism communities working on shark and ray research and conservation. It was co-founded in 2014 by SPS, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, and Greenpeace Philippines.
SSNP organizes a series of activities and creates campaigns to raise the public’s awareness on sharks, and identify issues and ways forward for the conservation, management, and utilization of sharks. It created Shark Conservation Week and the Shark Summit, starting in Cebu in 2014, followed by Dumaguete in 2016, Bohol in 2018, and Metro Manila in 2023. SSNP also led national campaigns to support the protection of sharks and rays in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS).
In 2017, SSNP published Pating, Saan Ka Pararating? 2020 Conservation Roadmap for Sharks and Rays in the Philippines. The roadmap is expected to propel shark and ray conservation forward in the Philippines, in hope of finding the balance between human needs and the integrity of the Philippine marine ecosystem.
In 2018, SSNP launched Shark Conservation Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers. This Toolkit aims to provide a range of approaches to conserve, protect, and/or sustainably utilize sharks in the Philippine context. It was created by SSNP as a response to the growing number of local government units (LGUs) seeking legal instruments to protect and conserve sharks and rays in their jurisdiction.