Elson Aca, founder of Butanding Network, is giving a talk on whale shark research and conservation in the Philippines on Thursday, 6PM, September 18, 2014 at Harold’s Dive Center, Dumaguete City.
August 30 is International Whale Shark Day, declared after the 2nd International Whale Shark Symposium was held in Mexico in 2008.
Let’s celebrate all the efforts of different individuals and organizations who work for the conservation of whale sharks in the Philippines. Cheers to you!
The President highlighted the success of Donsol during a regional summit on tourism and climate change in Albay as he expressed confidence the country can achieve the target of 10 million foreign tourist arrivals by 2016.
“Clearly, as long as tourism can be pursued in a sustainable manner, then it is certainly one of the best sectors to focus on – and one of the shortest and most efficient paths to inclusive growth. One of the best examples of how tourism – ecotourism in particular – can revitalize a community is the municipality of Donsol, in Sorsogon, in this region,” the President said during the United Nations World Tourism Organization UNTWO ASEAN international conference on tourism and climate change in Albay.
“With the help of the Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature, the local government of Donsol was able to capitalize on the presence of whale sharks or butandings, as we call them, around their waters,” he added.
Sighted in Tibiao, Antique, 2014 May 5.
Photo courtesy of Fotografia Jurilla
TIBIAO, ANTIQUE – A six meter balyiran (whale shark) was trapped in a lambaklad in Brgy. Malabor, Tibiao, Antique. Found at around 6:00 AM on May 5, 2014, it was released back to sea by the fishermen soon after.
A lambaklad is a huge stationary fish pen derived from the Filipino terms, lambat (meaning “net”) and baklad (meaning “corral”).
Photos © Fotografia Jurilla, all rights reserved, 2014, used with permission.
A whale shark was caught by local fishermen in Pasaleng Bay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte last April 23, and was released upon removal from the fishnet with the help of Salluad PARE (Pagudpud Active Rangers for the Environment).
Tourism Officer confirms the presence of whale sharks in Pilar, Sorsogon, a town adjacent to the more famous Donsol.
LAOAG CITY—A whale shark (Rhincodon typus), commonly known as “butanding,” got caught in a vertical fish net off Calayab beach here about 2 p.m. on Thursday, according to a report from the Ilocos Norte Provincial Fishery Office.
Arthur Valente, Ilocos Norte fishery regulatory officer, said local fishermen spotted the whale shark snared by their fishing nets. Aware that butanding were endangered animals and not dangerous, the fishermen released the whale back into the sea, the report said.
The slow-moving and gentle whale sharks thrive in tropical, warm waters.
“Because it’s anchovy season, the whale shark may have been looking for food when it got caught in the net,” Valente said.
ROSARIO, Cavite – A butanding (whale shark) was sighted Tuesday by banca-riding fishermen off the shore of Isla de Bonito de Salinas, a public resort here.
It was the third endangered marine mammal species that went near the shores of Cavite in three years.
Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente ordered a search to determine if the butanding found in his turf is sickly.
Most butandings found near the shores of Cavite are sick and dying, it was observed.
Ricafrente said the kind and rare species would have to be saved and given proper care.
The butanding was sighted by fishermen at least twice Monday and Tuesday about three kilometers from the Isla shore.
One fisher described the find as “malaki, maitim at may spots na puti.” (big, black with white spots). He said the butanding must be about between 20 and 30 feet in length.
The group said the butanding went underwater as they were catching fish in the area. They reported the sight to barangay (village) officials as soon they were on shore.
Town Media Affairs Officer Sid Saminiego said the fishermen who returned to the sea later had difficulty searching the butanding due to strong waves.
A whale shark is sighted in Angel’s Cove, Talikud Island, Samal, Davao on May 20, 2013. Video by Arnold Bate of Carabao Dive Center.
The frequent visit of the friendly whale sharks called “butanding” in the Lingayen Gulf has been attributed to the reduced blast fishing activities in the area.
Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries and Technology Development Center, said that unlike before, fish mammals from the deep now often go near the shore in Pangasinan to feast on young anchovies that are now teeming in the area.
The Lingayen Gulf used to teem with anchovies 30 or so years ago till blast fishing became rampant, with San Fabian town getting the notorious name as the country’s “blast fishing” capital.
Source: Balita.ph, 2013 June 4