Endangered Marine Species
Dr. Yaptinchay has been involved in marine biodiversity conservation in the Philippines for over 20 years. He is the director and founder of the conservation NGO, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines after having worked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a biologist and WWF-Philippines as their Species Conservation Program Director. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of the Philippines and earned his Masters Degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany. He sits on the board of other NGOs including Balyena.org, Reefcheck Philippines, CAPE Foundation, and Responsible Tourism Philippines. He is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature – Species Specialist Group on dugongs, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, and sits on the editorial board of The Philippine Journal of Fisheries.