Philippine fisheries - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine fisheries


Nograles: Despite 'verbal deal' with China, PH must still enforce laws

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, echoing Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, says the supposed deal is not yet enforceable since it lacks the necessary terms and conditions

[OPINION] Securing our fisheries to ensure food security

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Destructive human activities and climate-related disasters have tipped our marine ecological balance to a point where urgent measures are needed to prevent a food security crisis

AFTER A HARD DAY'S WORK. Municipal fishers at the fish landing in Mercedes, Camarines Norte. Photo courtesy of Jason Houston/Rare

[OPINION] Sea change for small-scale fishers

May 30, 2018 - 2:08 PM

'Fisherfolk are the reason why we as consumers, both locally and abroad, are able to satisfy our appetite for tuna and all kinds of seafood. It’s time that we finally give considerable attention to them. '

epa05238978 Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, 01 April 2016. According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the prevailing El Nino phenomenon could affect at least 100,000 fisherfolk in the country due to the decline in fish production in freshwater areas and coastal communities. The water temperature increases in the Pacific and Western Pacific side of the country which is feared to result in decrease of primary productivity and to lead to a decline in fish catch. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

WATCH: How sharks are killed at Pasay market

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Of the country s approximately 200 shark and ray species only two are protected by Philippine laws

CRUEL KILLING. Video shows the cruel killing of a grey carpetshark at a live market in Pasay, Manila

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

Jul 07, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Authorities say the cargo of critically endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao's Facebook page

Fishermen probed for catching ocean sunfish in protected area

Mar 04, 2017 - 7:15 AM

The ocean sunfish is considered a vulnerable or threatened species

OCEAN SUNFISH. The dead ocean sunfish caught by the three fishermen from Negros Occidental at the Tañon Strait on March 1. Photo by Edgardo Rostata

Breakwater made of 'dead corals' mine – Palawan governor

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The governor however says the breakwater in San Vicente town is made of carefully piled limestone and not dead corals

Image courtesy PNNI

900th whale shark found in the Philippines

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:44 AM

The discovery of the 900th whale shark in the Philippines shows there is progress in the conservation efforts; however there is still work to be done to ensure the species survival

5 things to know about the amended PH fisheries code

Sep 16, 2015 - 2:17 PM

The country s fisheries code now has more teeth and the necessary mechanisms to curb illegal unreported and unregulated fishing

Photos from Shutterstock

Davao Gulf's 3-month fishing ban begins

Jun 02, 2015 - 5:27 PM

The government implements a ban on commercial fishing to allow fish stocks in the gulf to regenerate

OCEAN'S BOUNTY. Types of tuna spawn in Davao Gulf making the body of water important for the economy and for biodiversity. Photo by John Javellana

Philippines a step farther from EU fish trade blacklist

Apr 21, 2015 - 9:28 PM

2nd UPDATE The European Union the world s biggest fish importer lifts a warning from the Philippines and lauds amendments of fisheries laws and efforts to fight illegal fishing

FISHERIES. The European Union is said to be the world's biggest fish importer

Talks begin on how to implement 'revolutionary' fisheries law

Apr 13, 2015 - 6:45 PM

A committee composed largely of commercial fishers tackles the implementation of a law that imposes much higher penalties for illegal and unregulated fishing

OCEAN'S BOUNTY. A Filipino fisherman arranges dried fish at a fishing village in Parañaque City. Photo by EPA

EU extends PH warning card vs illegal fishing

Feb 17, 2015 - 2:06 PM

The Philippines has another 6 months before the EU decides whether or not to ban the country s fish products from entering its market

BOUNTY TO WASTE. The Philippines exports billions of pesos worth of fish products to the EU, one of its biggest markets. Photo courtesy of Oceana

Cebu town mayor: Kill whale sharks, dolphins

Feb 11, 2015 - 6:22 PM

The mayor of Dumanjug in Cebu province says the sea creatures are responsible for the fish shortage in Tañon Strait one of the country s biggest fishing grounds

JEWELS OF THE SEA. Dolphins, an endangered sea creature, travel through Tañon Strait. Photo courtesy of Razcel Salvarita

DA to build 252 fish landing centers nationwide

Feb 09, 2015 - 11:56 AM

At the cost of P2 85 million each the fish landing centers are meant to improve the income of Filipino fishermen

FISH LANDING. Yellow fin tuna are lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

Will PH meet EU deadline for tougher law vs illegal fishing?

Dec 17, 2014 - 2:00 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is expected to sign amendments to the Philippine Fisheries Code within December but commercial fishers are reportedly up in arms over stiffer penalties under the law

FISHING SECTOR AT RISK. Yellow fin tuna are lined up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

A fisherman's prayer

Nov 23, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Fisherfolk are the poorest of the Fililipino poor with a poverty incidence rate of 39 2 They’ve lived along the water always at risk of danger

LIVELIHOOD. Ka Jun stands at the dock, where fisher folks' boats stationed. Photo from Oxfam

Heavier illegal fishing penalties 'oppresive' – fishers' group

Nov 23, 2014 - 7:29 PM

A higher illegal fishing penalty proposed by lawmakers goes up to P1 million and fishing companies are not happy

FISHERIES DAY. Estelito Marijuan, 58, arranges dried fish at a fishing village during the celebration of World Fisheries day in Parañaque City on Friday, November 21. World Fisheries day is celebrated every year to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries. Photo by EPA

A crisis that consumers of seafood can help avert

Nov 21, 2014 - 5:01 PM

When the fish run out the small scale fishermen will be left starving while the big fishing company owners can go into another business with their fat profits

WORK NEEDED. Fishermen prepare their fishing net along a shore in Tacloban on the eastern island of Leyte on October 16, 2014. Tacloban was devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Fishers resettlement plan 'solves' no-build zone issue

Nov 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM

To protect fisherfolk from storm surge fish landings will be built by the shore to ensure they have access to the sea even if they live farther from the shore

COA to 4 GOCCs: Return P2.4B unused DAP funds

Oct 21, 2014 - 1:06 PM

In its 2013 Annual Financial Report on government owned and controlled corporations the COA also ordered the GOCCs to account for P3 8 billion released to them under the Disbursement Acceleration Program

Small fishers hit 'rushed' revision of fisheries law

Sep 17, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Small scale fisherfolk ask why they were not consulted on revisions to the 16 year old Fisheries Code which the government is seeking to avoid EU sanctions

Gov't fisherfolk registration program hits 1 million mark

Aug 22, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Up from less than 50 000 registered fishermen will now have access to health care and insurance and assistance in developing their livelihood

BEING COUNTED. A local government employee registers Bohol municipal fisherfolk into the National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration or FishR. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Rare Philippines celebrates 'pride' in marine life

Aug 22, 2014 - 12:26 PM

To further improve the country’s fisheries Rare advises Filipinos to change their behavior towards the environment

Aquino's 2015 agri budget: What's in it, what's missing

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:55 PM

There are big increases for the fisheries and coconut sectors and focus on agricultural infrastructure but improving farmers land tenure is not a priority

ROAD TO RICE SELF-SUFFICIENCY. The Philippine rice sector needs more irrigation, farm mechanization, credit for farmers and better post-harvest facilities to attain rice self-sufficiency and competitiveness against other rice-producing countries

Red tide alert raised in 13 areas in 4 provinces

Jul 18, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says some areas in Bataan Masbate Western Samar and Palawan have tested positive for red tide

Fish production in General Santos City up

Jun 23, 2014 - 12:03 AM

This is the 3rd year in a row that fish notably tuna production has increased in the city

AT THE FISH PORT. Yellowfin tuna for sale in General Santos City. Photo from Edwin Espejo

Gov't readying 5,000 fiberglass boats for Haiyan fishermen

Jun 15, 2014 - 8:10 PM

The government aims to build a total of 30 000 boats for Haiyan hit fishermen

NEW BOATS. Non-government organizations like WWF-Philippines and government agencies are building fiberglass boats for Haiyan-hit fishermen. Photo by Gregg Yan/WWF-Philippines

PH oceans in crisis: The sad state of small fisherfolk

May 30, 2014 - 9:00 AM

On Friday May 30 a day before National Fisherfolk s Day fisheries reform advocates will march to Malacañang to submit to President Aquino a proposal on how to save Philippine marine resources

PLIGHT OF THE SMALL FISHERFOLK. Municipal fishermen are catching a 4th of what they had been catching from Philippine seas in the 1970s