Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines Inc.

The Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (“LAMAVE Research Institute”) is a non-stock non-profit company registered in the Philippines, working for the conservation of sharks and rays in the country.

Volunteering Activities

Conservation Work

What We Need

Mobulid rays (Family Mobulidae), commonly known as 'devil rays', comprise the genus Mobula and the genus Manta. Seasonal high Mobulidae diversity and abundance occur from November until June. The spine tail devil ray (Mobula japanica), bent fin devil ray (Mobula thurstoni), sickle fin devil ray (Mobula tarapacana), and the iconic oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris), pass through the Bohol Sea. Currently, these pelagic animals face significant threat in the Philippines as century-old mobula fisheries thrive on the island of Bohol. A LAMAVE team is currently studying priority research questions on the ecology and biology of mobulid rays in a landing site. Very little is known about these species and the sustainability of this harvest needs to be examined and addressed.

Photo documentation and sorting
Collecting morphometric data
Tissue sample collection and processing
GPS deployment and downloading
Equipment maintenance
Aiding with coinciding research projects
Data entry
Assisting in information, education & communication campaigns

When & Who

as soon as possible
2 months

What we Provide

cost cover accomodation (dorm room with up to 3 people), food (3 meals a day), and trip from/to the study site.

Our Fees

$400 USD per month


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Contact Person

Tejero, Jagna, Bohol 6308, Jagna, Philippines.

Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

The LAMAVE Research Institute was founded in 2014 by the Filipino members of the research team to develop social responsibility and build local capacity. The LAMAVE Research Institute collaborates with local and national authorities and works in cooperation with communities to ensure our continued conservation work in the Philippines.

Our team, composed of local & international researchers and volunteers, work throughout the country, collecting scientific data while training the next generation of conservationists and raising awareness about the marine environment.
Our staff has varied backgrounds, from veterinary medicine, to marine science, statistics, graphic arts, and law, but we all share a passion for the ocean in any of its form.

“Our primary objective is the conservation of marine biodiversity in the Philippines. To achieve this we take a multidisciplinary approach, conducting cutting-edge scientific research and engaging local communities in the protection of charismatic marine megafauna. These are used both as umbrella species for habitat protection, and as indicators of the environment’s health. Our main strength is the plasticity and rapid adaptive management of our resources and the dedication of our team. We are able to focus quickly on emerging issues and prioritize the mitigation of urgent threats, which enables us to maximize the conservation output of our work.”

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