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Erina is currently taking up Masters in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. As a National Geographic Young Explorer, she did further research in the Northern part of the Philippines exploring on possible shifting baseline syndrome in the context of examining vulnerable and locally extinct reef fish species. She wants to use this anecdotal evidence from fishers' knowledge and convert it to hard data which will be useful in fisheries management.

Can a gentle giant of Philippine coral reefs be saved from extinction in the wild?

We once lived in a world full of giants – blue whales freely swimming in our oceans and large animals such as elephants roaming our land. Unfortunately, populations of terrestrial and marine megafauna have declined dramatically in recent years. African elephant populations have declined from an estimated 1.3 million to around 600,000. Populations of big…

Young Fishers Literally Don’t Know What They’re Missing

Growing up seeing an already depleted ocean as normal, today’s Filipino fishers often lack the awareness of how rich their waters were just a generation ago. This project is helping bring those memories to light.