West Philippine Sea

Southeast Asia Speaks: Marine scientist Deo Onda on protecting West PH Sea resources

How important are the marine resources in the West Philippine Sea? Catch the interview on Thursday, June 10.

Bookmark this page to watch the interview on Thursday, June 10, at 7 pm

China’s encroachment into the West Philippine Sea is feared to also lead to exploitation of marine resources.

For example, in April, the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea said that “a conservative total of 240,000 kilos of fish [are] illegally taken…every single day that the massed Chinese fishing vessels remain” in Philippine waters.

On Thursday, June 10, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to marine scientist Deo Onda on the importance of the resources found in Philippine waters and how the country can protect them.

Onda is a microbial oceanographer and an associate professor at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute. He led research projects on biodiversity in the West Philippine Sea in recent years.

Back in March, Onda became one of the first humans to reach the Emden Deep, the third deepest spot on Earth.

Catch the interview at 7 pm on Thursday. – Rappler.com

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