Rappler's latest stories on fishes
The motorboat sank on Thursday, June 18, after being hit by strong waves in the Sunda strait. Six of the fishermen return to the sinking boat and are rescued the day after as a search continues for the missing.
'Ownership and control of EEZs must be put back in the hands of domestic fishers, especially small-scale fishers'
With some commercial fishing boats taking advantage of the coronavirus as a diversion from policing, making tracking devices on fishing vessels mandatory should help police municipal waters better
Ready to get hooked again on this fishy fave from McDonald's?
Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.
In 2019 alone, at least 156 suspected North Korean fishing vessels washed up on Japan's coast
Part 1: Rappler returns to San Jose 5 months later, in November, as the crewmen finish their repairs and prepare to sail back to Recto Bank. While Gem-Ver has been patched up, its men have drifted apart.
The creatures – more commonly known as fat innkeeper worms – have covered Drakes Beach
The Philippines' richest senator comes under fire after wondering aloud why Filipinos still love the expensive galunggong
'Bakit ba patay na patay tayo? Mahal na ang galunggong. [Eh di] 'wag kumain ng galunggong,' says Senator Cynthia Villar, as the price of the fish shoots up
Ten new crew members of fishing boat Gem-Ver prepare to sail again to Recto Bank
The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken
What drives Ybarra Laruga to protect Tañon Strait, apart from the need to support his family, is his memory of a time of abundance
Romelito Lirasan, Bantay Dagat chief of San Remigio, Cebu, is grateful that most fishermen in his town help defend their marine sanctuaries. But there's a lot of work to do.
Left unaddressed, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing would continue to wreak havoc in the Calamianes, whose coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most diverse and extensive in the Philippines
Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker
Crews of two major canned sardine companies have been armed and trained as 'special CAFGU' to guard the waters off the Zamboanga Peninsula, says the military
Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomes the apology, but does not think it should be taken as a matter of fact. The apology calls Reed Bank part of the Nansha Island Group.
'Paano na 'yung danyos perwisyo nila sa aming mga mangingisda? At lalong-lalo na po sa may-ari ng bangka?' says Bannie Condeza, one of Gem-Ver's fishermen
The Philippines welcomes the acknowledgment that compensation must be provided to the owner of Filipino fishing boat Gem-Ver
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Recto Bank is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, 'beyond the territorial sea of any island in the Spratlys'
It's been 2 months since a Chinese trawler rammed a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea. In this podcast, Rappler revisits that harrowing night, and more.
Vice President Leni Robredo again visits the Gem-Ver fishermen in Occidental Mindoro to provide additional aid through her office's Angat Buhay program
According to the North Korean foreign ministry, the ship was detained for 'violating rules of entry and stay'
The National Security Adviser, however, emphasizes that the Philippines does not have enough resources to fully protect its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Senate must find out exactly what the supposed verbal agreement between Manila and Beijing entails, and whether it falls within Philippine law
The gold and pearl-encrusted crown is being sold at an online auction by the Leòn Gallery
The fishermen come home but government disowns their narrative about what happened at Recto Bank and gives away bare boats. They prepare to sail again in dangerous waters.
On the shores of Occidental Mindoro, the fishermen of Gem-Ver try to rebuild their damaged boat so they could set out to sail once again
On the shores of home in Barangay San Roque, Occidental Mindoro, the men of Gem-Ver tell their stories
From out of the blue, a metal vessel smashes a Filipino fishing boat anchored at Reed Bank, the impact sounding like a hundred bones breaking. This must be death, say the fishermen.
In his screenshot, maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also uses a layer from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suit which captures satellite images on Earth in real time
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines can file a case on 'reckless imprudence resulting to serious damage of property' against the captain and crew of the Chinese ship that hit F/B Gem-Ver
Philippine Coast Guard and Marina investigators conclude the Recto Bank incident was a 'serious marine casualty' while President Rodrigo Duterte previously calls it a 'little maritime accident'
The Chinese ship abandoned the Filipino crew of F/B Gem-Ver despite 'direct knowledge of their distress situation,' in violation of two maritime conventions, according to the official findings of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority
Compiled satellite images from 2012 to 2019 show the increasing presence of foreign vessels in the West Philippine Sea
The initial report also attests to how the Chinese ship abandoned the Gem-Ver crew
The charter's order for the government to keep resources in the Philippines' EEZ for exclusive use of Filipinos is not in conflict with the provision requiring the government to 'serve and protect' Filipinos, says law professor Tony La Viña
(UPDATED) And because they're mere words, what would be the basis for impeaching the President?
The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it will continue to assist the 22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver until 'they have fully recovered from the incident and are able to live normal lives'
President Rodrigo Duterte told Cabinet officials that the Recto Bank incident will be discussed in the next round of bilateral meetings with China, says Malacañang
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines will still 'suggest' the inclusion of a neutral country in the joint inquiry, if China and the Philippines have conflicting findings on the Recto Bank incident
Thanks, but no thanks, we don't need you for the laughter – what we need is an independent Senate to check this insanity
The key to understanding President Duterte’s gospel has been there all along, hiding in plain sight as though to mock imperceptive doubters like us: 'We are friends with China.'
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the threat of war is raised 'only to intimidate the Filipino people into submitting to China's encroachment' of the West Philippine Sea
Under international law, the Philippines has sovereign rights – not sovereignty – over the West Philippine Sea
Justice Antonio Carpio explains to Rappler that as long as the fish is located in a coastal state's exclusive economic zone or EEZ, 'only that state can exploit it'
From within the government's ranks, all is definitely not well with President Duterte’s pro-Beijing policy
Netizens reimagine a world where fishes have citizenship, passports, and names more representative of their country of origin using memes