Tañon Strait is a 161-km channel dividing the islands of Cebu and Negros and a home to 14 species of whales and dolphins.
Fishing is the main source of income of the neighboring towns of Tañon Strait – supporting the livelihood of 42 cities and municipalities – legally open only to local, small-scale fishers, banning commercial fishing.
Before 2015, limited protections for the Tañon Strait seascape had drastically reduced fish populations and threatened the future of this once thriving ecosystem. Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative is working with community members and political leaders to ensure the future of these fisheries.
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