SEA Institute

There is a time and a place to make a difference. The time is now. The place is the Verde Island Passage (VIP) skirting five provinces: Batangas, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and Marinduque. The VIP is the bullseye of marine biodiversity and evolution. Through Science, Education, and Advocacy, the SEA Institute will ripple forth change and conservation, preserving precious yet vulnerable marine resources along the VIP.

Let’s be the change. Let’s make waves in the SEA!


Kapit Sisid and SEA-VIP promoting Freediving for Marine Conservation

Kapit Sisid and SEA Institute-VIP with our first class of Freedivers for Marine Conservation in Bgy. San Teodoro, Mabini, Batangas. Our first batch of residents, fishermen and boatmen learned safe and effective freediving skills with marine conservation knowledge to help preserve the coral reefs of the Verde Island Passage – the center of the center […]

April 1-2: Paddle in the Amazing Waters of the VIP

Paddle for a good cause, Paddle for Carewell! Paddle in the waters of the A M A Z I N G Verde Island Passage! Sign up now! It’s easy: just go to Studio H20 will be on hand to document the event and SEA Institute VIP will be there to give engaging presentations!

Enroute Magazine – January 2017

Our thanks to Mark Martin and Eurobulk Ltd. for featuring the importance of preserving the Verde Island Passage as their cover story in the January 2017 issue of Enroute Magazine.  Showcasing the amazing photos of Studio H20’s Boogs Rosales.  The VIP is the most biodiverse body of water on the planet! This article discusses how marine conservation organizations such […]

Cookout for the VIP (Verde Island Passage) October 22

Learn more about the VIP and help protect it by supporting the SEA (Science Education Advocacy) Institute, a non-governmental organization committed to science-based conservation of the VIP for the benefit of the reefs and local communities.

On Oct. 22, Saturday, 5:30pm, the SEA-VIP will hold a fundraising event called “Cookout for the VIP” at Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort in Anilao.

Conservation and Eco-Tourism in the Philippines October 6

Harvard Philippine Forum presents Conservation and Eco-Tourism in the Philippines. With Robert Suntay, Ocean Videographer, President of SEA-VIP and Neela Eyunni, Journalist, Executive Producer of On the Brink: Uncharted.
Co-sponsored by Harvard College Conservation Society.

Movie Screening: “On the Brink: Uncharted Waters” October 4

Film screening and informational event on ecotourism and conservation efforts in the Philippines

Tuesday, October 4th
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Redfield Auditorium

Taking Care of Our Backyard: Verde Island Passage September 28 to October 4

As you drive through a town, any town on the outskirts of Metro Manila City, you will see homes hemming in the roads with patches of land in front and behind. You will see native greenery, flowers, mostly ornamental at the front; and vegetables lined up like children for flag ceremony at the back. You will also see the householder, sweeping to a rhythm, sweeping the fallen leaves, maintaining a sense of order and pride at their home.

Lobo Swim: VIP Swim Challenge June 12

Olympian Akiko Thomson Guevara and her husband Chips Guevara want to highlight the importance of Lobo in Batangas and its role in sustaining the marine biodiversity of the Verdes Island Passage (VIP). The fragile balance that must be sustained in this area is currently under threat from unsustainable mining operators. The SEA will give talks to help educate all regarding marine biodiversity with special emphasis on Lobo.

Fernando Modesto Art Exhibit June 1

The SEA Institute is set to make waves in the Verde Island Passage (VIP). Through Science, Education, and Advocacy, SEA will use scientifically based methods alongside community-tested methods in preserving the bodies of water by the shore―primarily for the benefit of the communities that live by the VIP. To help us get a leg up, Fernando Modesto has generously agreed to make the SEA a beneficiary of his rare but much sought after shows.

Hamilo Coast Open Water Swim May 29, 2016

WWF with the SEA are making a stand again ocean pollution and climate change. And to capture these sentiments, five top Filipino swimmers will stroke 13 km along the Hamilo coves, another beautiful part of the VIP.