We envision a country of proud and proactive Filipino seatizens.
As an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, we believe that marine conservation should be part of our daily lives. We aim to narrow the gap between scientists and the general public, the old and young, and the passionate and indifferent by making the sea’s issues accessible and relatable, and by offering an online and offline platform to empower seatizens to take action.
It's been said the Philippines is worth dying for.
We believe the Philippines is worth diving for.
As the world's second largest archipelago with over 7,100 islands, Filipinos depend on the sea for livelihood, food, tourism, economy, and ultimately, our lives. Environmental conservation shouldn't be limited to NGO workers and researchers-- it should be accessible, relatable, and part of our lifestyles. Save Philippine Seas (SPS) aims to narrow the gap between scientists and the general public, the old and young, and the passionate and indifferent by mobilizing seatizen-led initiatives that are empowering Filipinos towards collective action and behavior change.
SPS began as an online platform in May 2011 as a response to a large-scale illegal wildlife trade case dubbed in the media as the “rape of the Philippine Seas.” What was meant to be a temporary campaign evolved into a movement: in August 2012, we embarked on our first community-based initiative in Malapascua Island, Cebu, called the Shark Shelter Project, and in 2013, SPS became a registered non-stock,
non-profit organization. Our legal name is Philippine Seatizens, Inc.
SPS is run by a team of four dedicated and passionate seatizens, and a small group of project-based volunteers. We come from various backgrounds and different parts of the Philippines, but we are seablings united by our love for the seas, dislike for single-use plastics, impatient optimism, and obsession with ocean-themed puns. We take problems of our seas sea-riously, but ourselves? Never.
our website contributors
Juan Miguel Bernal
Steve de Neef
Micah Sinco & Nathalie Angeles
2016 and 2017 SEA Campers
Dr. Miguel Fortes