Behind the Lens

Jason Houston making photographs in a Mercedes fishing port, Philippines

In September 2016, photojournalist Jason Houston spent nearly a month documenting life in Mercedes, Philippines, and its fishing communities throughout San Miguel Bay.

On Caringo Island, Ladies Rule the Guardhouse

Betty Garcia rowing off the shore of Caringo Island, Philippines

They call themselves SAMAKA, short for Samahan ng Kababihan sa Karingo, or the Women’s Group of Caringo. On Caringo, an island at the mouth of San Miguel Bay in Mercedes, Philippines, eight women are re-envisioning gender roles in coastal fishing and new market development.

The Key to Adoption of Fisheries Conservation Solutions

Rare Fellow Mike Totanes meets with fishers on the beach in Mambungalon, Philippines

While the sun is high on a September day, Rare Fellow Mike Totanes and Associate Fellow Mildred Loyola meet with 30 fishers on the beach in Mambungalon, a village in the Mercedes municipality of the Philippines.

The Art of the Trap

Rodel fishing off Caringo Island, Philippines

It’s September, and it’s crab season in Mercedes, Philippines. 43-year-old fisher Rodel Bolaños of Mercedes’ Caringo Island rises and leaves for the beach at 4:30 AM, pulling a red Nike baseball cap over his head.

The Search is On

Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity

This year, Solution Search is on the hunt for the world’s most promising approaches in biodiversity-friendly farming practices.

One Country’s Climate Change Strategy May Save Its Coasts

Machangulo, Mozambique. Boats on shore

With 2,700 km of exposed and highly vulnerable coastline along the Indian Ocean, Mozambique seems forever fixed at the edge of another major cyclone or tropical storm, each proving disastrous for the coast and its people.

U.S. Ambassador Visits Rare Site in Indonesia

U.S. Ambassador Visits Rare Site in Indonesia

In June, Rare gave United States Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake, Jr., a closer look at Indonesian coastal fisheries reform on the ground. Rare hosted Ambassador Blake at our site within the Banda Sea MPA, an area spanning five villages.

Talk, Learn and Act

colombian coffee farmer and landowner with Rare Fellow

From November 2013 through December 2016, Rare carried out seven Pride campaigns for sustainable watersheds across Valle del Cauca in Colombia.

Strait to Impact

fisher and son on a boat in Ayungon, Philippines

Between the Negros and Cebu islands in the Philippines lies Tañon Strait, a passage of water connecting the Visayan Sea and the Bohol Sea.