Our Mission

The Institute for Marine Research is a grassroots non-profit organization that aims to conduct long-term and fine-scale research on coastal marine ecosystems, using this scientific evidence to educate, transform and encourage locally led marine conservation strategies within the Philippines.

A Holistic Model Towards

Ocean Conservation

In order to achieve this mission and bring our vision to life,
the Institute for Marine Research establishes a holistic model of three core initiatives:

RESEARCH

DEVELOP

TRANSFORM

From a Vision to Reality

We at the Institute for Marine Research strive to be instrumental in the making of an environmentally literate and sustainable community through an evidence-based conservation approach, creating a world that will be better and wiser than the one we have now.

A message from the Founders

OUR PRIORITY REGION IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE CORAL TRIANGLE

76
of the world's
coral species
6/7
of the world's
marine turtle species
37
of the world's
coral reef fish species
130
directly dependent on
marine natural resources

Our Focus Region

Apo Island & Dauin Municipality, Negros Oriental, The Philippines

Research

To define threats to critical marine habitats in the Philippines.
In order to achieve this, our mission is to:

CONDUCT

research dives following the Dauin Municipality Long-Term Reef Monitoring Project to understand the fine-scale changes in reef community assemblage

DEFINE

the environmental and anthropogenic drivers that endanger coastal ecosystems within Apo Island and the Dauin Municipality

PUBLISH

high quality, conservation orientated scientific papers to involve the scientific community in reef ecosystem changes and conservation solutions

It is in the Philippines that reefs are at the highest risk of overexploitation, destructive fishing and other human related impacts such as coastal development and sedimentation. If these processes are allowed to continue, these changes will exacerbate poverty and social instability within the region, with wider consequences for the region and the world.

Coral Triangle Initiativecoraltriangleinitiative.org

Develop

Locally led marine conservation strategies.
In order to achieve this, our mission is to:

COLLABORATE

with policymakers and local stakeholders to create sustainable conservation solutions that are suited to our priority region

SHARE

annual Outlook Reports to the Local Government Unit (LGU) based on results of the Dauin Municipality Long-Term Reef Monitoring Project to direct coastal management strategies

FACILITATE

in-country and cross-border collaboration to maintain up-to-date management and conservation strategies in a changing environment

I hope for your help to explore and protect the wild ocean in ways that will restore the health, and in doing so, secure hope for humankind. Health to the ocean means health for us

Sylvia Earle

Transform

COASTAL COMMUNITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES.
In order to achieve this, our mission is to:

BUILD

resilient coastal communities to global ecosystem changes through the influence and support of community-based adaptation

INSPIRE

leaders in the field of marine conservation through our Research Assistant and Fellowship programs

EDUCATE

major and local stakeholders through environmental literacy curriculums, teacher training, elementary education, and community outreach activities

Real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economies and in our politics

Sir David Attenborough

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