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Don't touch blacktip sharks spotted in southern Cebu – fisheries bureau

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The sharks appeared in town only kilometers away from Oslob, where whale shark feeding is a tourist attraction

SHARK SPOTTED. Blacktip reef shark spotted on the north side of the Palmyra Atoll. Photo by Laura M. Beauregard, USFWS/Wikimedia Commons

BFAR 'expecting the worst' for aquatic life in Taal Lake

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:46 AM

Around 6,000 fish cages in Taal Lake are at risk of being damaged, with production loss estimated at 15,033 metric tons

Fisherfolks in Laurel, Batangas try to make a living amidst the continuing eruption of Taal Volcano on January 13, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

BFAR: Municipal waters yield more fish than deeper fishing grounds

Jun 25, 2019 - 1:55 PM

'Ang mga pumupunta sa West Philippine Sea ay para manghuli ng high-value fish, that's why we should be there. But on our records, there is more money in galunggong than in tuna,' says BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona

San Roque fishing community. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

BFAR hopes to get more financial support after Recto Bank incident

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Eduardo Gongona hopes the incident at Recto Bank will also lead to more funding for the agency

A fiberglass reinforced plastic-boat are given to 22 fishermen of F/B GemVer, which were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in Reed Bank(Recto Bank) West Philippine Sea, after the press conference with Department of Agriculture in San Jose Municipal Hall, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA / RAPPLER

Lorenzana: 'BFAR is correct agency to protect our fisheries'

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:52 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, however, is not responsible for securing the country's domain, but the Armed Forces of the Philippines

RAMMED. Fishermen pull the F/B Gem-Ver, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank, towards the shore of Brgy. San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima fish imports

May 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the lifting of the ban is a gesture of goodwill as the Philippines also seeks to increase the market access of its agriculture exports to Japan

BAN LIFTED. The Department of Agriculture has lifted the 7-year long import ban on fish coming from Fukushima prefecture, which was affected by the nuclear powerplant meltdown in 2011. Photo from MannyPiñol's Facebook page

Fisheries production inches up to 1.01 million metric tons in Q1 2019

May 16, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The Philippines posts higher fish catch within and outside municipal waters in the 1st quarter of 2019, but production from aquaculture goes down

Sardinella tawilis. Photo by Zeus Llanto/Rappler

BFAR invests P50 million for coastal management in Northern Mindanao

May 03, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The amount is for the coastal resource management program of Macajalar Bay in Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog Bay in Gingoog City, Iligan Bay in Iligan City, and Panguil Bay in Ozamiz-Lanao del Norte

fishermen from Barangay Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City harvest Sardines. the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in region 10 says it is investing 50 million pesos this year for its Coastal Resource Management that covers the Northern Mindanao's 4 bays. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

BFAR 'loses' 57 patrol boats acquired from grant, loans

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources squandered patrol boats acquired from a US grant and loans from Spain

BFAR: No formalin-tainted galunggong in Metro Manila markets

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says it found no formalin-tainted galunggong in the Balintawak Market, Farmer's Market in Cubao, and Navotas Fish Port

HARVEST. A fish vendor sold round scad locally known as galunggong at P140 per kilo at the Market (Talipapa) at Brgy. Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Friday, August 17, 2018.Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Galunggong imported from China may come from West Philippine Sea

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'Of course, the prices will be more expensive now when imported, even if that is possibly our fish,' says Fisheries Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona

IMPORTS. A fish vendor sells round scad or galunggong.Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[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

Bulungan at the Navotas fish complex

Jul 27, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The fishport employs around 1000 families engaged in the fish trade

MARKET. Brawny fish workers unload weathered tubs of wild and cultured fish – destined for markets in Metro Manila and the rest of mainland Luzon. All photos by Gregg Yan/Oceana

LOOK: Japan Coast Guard vessel joins maritime drill in Davao

Jun 02, 2017 - 7:09 PM

The exercise in the waters off Talicud Island Davao del Norte on Saturday June 3 aims to enhance the capacity of both PH and Japan coast guard personnel

A firsthand account of the Scarborough Shoal standoff

May 19, 2017 - 10:36 AM

Captain Roy Cuesta recounts his ordeal during the 2012 Scarborough Shoal standoff that prompted the Philippines to sue China before an arbitral tribunal in The Hague

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL STANDOFF. Captain Roy Cuesta and his crew. File photo

IN PHOTOS: PH Coast Guard off to Benham Rise for maritime security check

May 04, 2017 - 8:17 PM

The operation will monitor the Joint Fisheries Research activity in the waters near Aurora and which the UN declared as part of the Philippines continental shelf

PCG deploys 2 more boats in anti-poaching operations

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The two Monitoring Control and Surveillance MCS vessels are meant to run after local and foreign poachers in Philippine waters

POLICING AGAINST POACHERS. New boats are being deployed to help stop poachers. Image from Philippine Coast Guard website at http://www.coastguard.gov.ph

Parasites, changing temperature cause dolphin deaths in Bicol

Mar 11, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Parasites or their eggs may be carried through human or animal feces dumped in the sea that fish and even the marine mammals may feed on says Dr Evelyn Saberon of BFAR

SPINNER DOLPHIN. Dr Evelyn Saberon inspects the dolphin carcass found in coast of Libon, Albay for necropsy at the Regional Fisheries Health Management and Diagnostics Laboratory at Fabrica, Bula, Camarines Sur. Photo courtesy of BFAR.

Coast Guard seizes P5-M shipment of shark parts, butanding tails

Sep 10, 2016 - 7:42 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard confiscates the illegal cargo in Zamboanga City

Ex-Coast Guard commander is next fisheries chief

Jun 29, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Retired Commodore Eduardo Gongona is chosen to lead the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to strengthen the enforcement capability of the agency

File photo of former Philippine Coast Guard Commander Eduardo Gongona

Rappler Talk: Surprises from the Benham expedition

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Watch Rappler s interview with marine scientist Marianne Pan Saniano here live

Chinese poachers pay P9-M fine to PH gov't

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The Chinese fishermen are charged for poaching gathering and possession of precious corals and use of destructive gears in Philippine waters

CAUGHT. Members of BFAR-Cagayan apprehend Chinese fishermen caught fishing in Philippine waters on May 25, 2016. Photo from BFAR Cagayan PFO Facebook page

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Jun 07, 2016 - 8:02 PM

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Latest Benham Rise expedition reveals vast coral ecosystem

Jun 07, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Collectively among the decades of experience studying the ocean that we have aboard the ship no one has ever seen reefs like this says Margot Stiles of Oceana Philippines

'VAST AND PRISTINE'. Marine scientists head to Benham Rise for a week-long expedition. All photos from Oceana Philippines

Pangilinan to Duterte: Appoint a presidential assistant for fisheries

May 26, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Senator elect Francis Pangilinan says the Philippines should prioritize the concerns of fishermen and modernize the fishing industry

PH authorities nab suspected Chinese poachers off Batanes

May 17, 2016 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Philippine Coast Guard intercept 2 Chinese fishing vessels flying inverted Philippine flags – seen as a means to hide their true identity

SUSPECTED CHINESE POACHERS. Philippine authorities intercept a Chinese fishing vessel flying an inverted Philippine flag in waters between Babuyan Island and Batanes on May 16, 2016. Photo courtesy of BFAR

Fisherfolk leaders bare wish list to presidential bets

Mar 19, 2016 - 10:09 AM

The leaders say they want the reforms under the Aquino administration to be sustained but they would defer any endorsement until they ve heard all the other candidates

FISHERFOLK ASSEMBLY. Fisherfolk leaders from various provinces sit on yellow chairs as they await speech from Liberal Party senatorial-bet Risa Hontiveros. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Every shark counts

Jan 10, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Whale sharks also known as butanding are protected by Philippine law

Marina: DMCI boats for Yolanda victims 'not seaworthy'

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Maritime Industry Authority says about 500 boats worth P1 million from DMCI are not fit for fishing

WAITING FOR BENEFICIARIES. Pump boats lie idle after they were donated to Yolanda survivors this year. File photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

PH seizes Vietnamese fishing vessel off Ilocos

Oct 10, 2015 - 9:11 AM

7 Vietnamese fishermen who allegedly caught manta rays tuna and shark meat and fins in Philippine waters are arrested

CORVETTE. BRP Apolinario Mabini is one of the Philippine Navy's modern ships. File photo from the Philippine Navy

More than 4,000 volunteers clean up Zamboanga's protected beaches

Jul 15, 2015 - 8:48 PM

Nature lovers from all walks of life pool together to help create garbage free seas and healthier oceans

12 persons hospitalized in Bohol for red tide poisoning

Jun 25, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas warns the public against eating crustaceans and other seafood in Tagbilaran and Dauis

Philippines buys 100 patrol boats to combat poachers

Jun 22, 2015 - 5:08 PM

Most of the ordered vessels – 71 short range boats for coastal patrols and 27 able to go further out to sea – are to be delivered this year

SHIPS. Philippine Navy's BRP Ramon Alcaraz. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

More than frying: Value-added fish recipes for the Filipino household

May 17, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Fishes are great sources of nutrients but you don t need to eat sinigang all the time

Poverty and nutrition: What happened to the poor man's fish?

Apr 01, 2015 - 7:53 AM

Tilapia is now the poor man s fish after galunggong becomes more expensive Fish prices in general make it hard for an average Filipino to afford them

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

Rare megamouth shark washes ashore in Albay

Jan 29, 2015 - 2:06 PM

The 15 foot megamouth shark washes ashore in Barangay Marigondon Pio Duran

A 15-footer megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios) beached in Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay, January 28, 2015.  Image courtesy Rosalina Sariola/Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

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

PH tuna fishing sustainable – expert

Sep 06, 2014 - 11:35 AM

According to the science manager of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention the Philippines – compared to other countries – has been compliant with tuna conservations measures

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

BFAR: Red tide in Western Samar bay

Aug 16, 2014 - 1:11 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says one of the most common shellfish poisoning syndrome in the Philippines is paralytic shellfish poisoning

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

The long, dry spell in Angat

May 16, 2014 - 7:17 AM

For fisherfolk earning a living at the reservoir the drought began two years ago

TV White Space connects Bohol fisherfolk to the Net

Apr 05, 2014 - 3:29 PM

Cutting edge Internet technology gives Filipino fishermen at the margins of society a face Finally they can dream bigger

CONNECTIVITY. A local government employee registers Bohol municipal fisherfolk into a government database using a tablet connected to the Internet through TV White Space

Aquino: PH not provoking China

Mar 31, 2014 - 5:01 PM

President Aquino says China should recognize the right of the Philippines to defend its own interests

2 pygmy sperm whales killed by dynamite fishing in Siargao

Mar 24, 2014 - 2:17 PM

But locals say 22 more were killed The government is still verifying where the carcasses are

KILLED. A pygmy sperm whale calf, reportedly killed by dynamite fishing, was retrieved from the sea by locals and divers in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte. Photo by Damien Gagnieux

DOH: Air pollution in Iloilo oil spill site at critical level

Nov 27, 2013 - 8:00 AM

The health secretary calls for the urgent relocation of more than 1 000 families from Barangay Botongon in Estancia town

OIL AND WATER. The shoreline of Estancia is covered in oil. All photos by Jonathan Jurilla

PH bans heavy-weighted fishing nets over coral reef concerns

Oct 09, 2013 - 3:38 PM

BFAR: The ban on Danish seine fishing nets will take effect in mid March giving hundreds of fishing boats time to switch their equipment

MARINE LIFE AT RISK. Heavy-weighted fishing nets like the Danish seine can destroy coral reefs

Whale shark found dead in Cavite

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:26 PM

Its cause of death is still under investigation

WASHED UP. A whale shark, an uncommon sight in Cavite waters, is found dead on the shore of Manila Bay in Tanza, Cavite. All photos by Arcel Cometa

BFAR: 'No traces of oil, dead fishes' in Cavite waters

Aug 13, 2013 - 9:23 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says the quality of water in Rosario and Naic is conducive to fish survival

SEA-DEPENDENT. The fisherfolk communities in Rosario, Naic, Tanza and Ternate depend the sea for their livelihood. Photo from EPA