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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

RESULTS: October 2019 Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 731 out of 2,101 passed the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination

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

6 dead endangered right whales found in Canadian waters

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Conservation officials say that North Atlantic right whales are among the most threatened species in the world

THREATENED. File photo of a North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia Canada. Shutterstock Image

Panelo says Duterte can't be impeached over PH fishing rights

Jun 27, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'You cannot stop the President from doing measures or steps that, to his mind, are the correct way to obey the constitutional command to him to protect and serve the Filipino people,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to celebrate its 122nd anniversary at the PSG Compound on June 26, 2019. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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)

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

Killing of cadet not related to ROTC program – AFP

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) AFP Spokesperson Edgard Arevalo says the killing of ROTC cadet Willy Amihoy was a 'plain criminal act' which stemmed from a personal argument

GONE. The bloodied school ID of freshman student Willy Amihoy who was allegedly killed by a fellow student at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries-Dumangas Campus on March 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of PNP

CHR condemns killing of ROTC cadet in Iloilo

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is unfortunate that both were under a national program meant to develop physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being,' says the CHR following the death of college freshman Willy Amihoy

GONE. The bloodied school ID of freshman student Willie Amihoy who was allegedly killed by a fellow student at the Iloilo State College of Fisheries-Dumangas Campus on March 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of PNP

RESULTS: October 2018 Fisheries Technologist licensure exam

Oct 30, 2018 - 7:07 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 502 out of 1,773 passed the Fisheries Technologist licensure exam

[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

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

20 Vietnamese fishermen nabbed for poaching in Palawan

May 22, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Manta rays and black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks are found inside the fishing vessel caught off Mangsee Island in Balabac town. Authorities also discover dried shark fins inside hidden storages.

POACHERS. Dead sharks and manta rays are piled in a Malaysian-registered vessel with a crew of Vietnamese fishermen. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Agriculture department asks P123.7-billion budget for 2019

May 04, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The proposed amount is more than twice the average allocation, and could be the agency's largest budget if approved

RORO vessel runs aground in marine protected area in Albay

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:30 PM

MV Jack Daniel has departed from the Port of Pantao in Libon town on its way to Masbate province

M/V JACK DANIEL runs aground in the marine protected area of Barangay Rawis, Libon town, Albay, some 1.2 kilometers from the shore. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

[OPINION] Celebrating women’s month with the fearless females in fisheries

Mar 09, 2018 - 10:35 AM

These stories of meaningful participation in developing the fisheries sector affirm the need for gender equality

DA to review Philippine policies on bird flu

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM

'We will conduct a review on how we should handle the [avian influenza] problems in the future because... the industry actually suffered because of the very strict measures that we implemented,' says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

BIRD FLU. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says his department will review the country's policies in relation to the avian influeza or bird flu. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Beyond sardines: The quest for sustainable fisheries

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Whether you’re a restaurant owner, a fishing boat maker, a fish buyer, a nutritionist, a farmer, a housewife, or simply a diner who loves seafood, it’s time to think about where your fish comes from and how it's caught

MILLIONS OF SARDINES. Moalboal’s millions-strong sardine schools sustain many kinds of animals, like tuna, dolphins and even seabirds. To avoid predators, the tiny fish form complex, flowing shapes. Photo by Danny Ocampo

Results: October 2017 Fisheries Technologist licensure exam

Nov 06, 2017 - 5:51 PM

479 out of 1,399 passed the Fisheries Technologist licensure examination

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

DA wants agriculture subjects in elementary, high school

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:49 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol also calls on fisheries and agriculture graduates all over the Philippines to be agriculture entrepreneurs

Piñol photo from Presidential Photo; Background photos by Rappler

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

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

Only 3 schools used as evacuation centers in Iligan City, says DepEd

Jun 05, 2017 - 5:25 PM

These schools still opened on Monday June 5 as evacuees are only using the gyms or multi purpose buildings

EVACUATION CENTERS. A family from Marawi City rest at an evacuation center in Balo-i on May 29, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

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

How to feed a billion people (and get rock-hard abs)

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:55 PM

By protecting fisheries humanity can raise yearly wild seafood yields by 100 million metric tonnes – enough to feed a billion people every day forever

CORAL TRIANGLE. A vast shoal of sardines surround a diver in the Visayas. The Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle, the world’s most biodiverse marine area. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin/Oceana

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

Tuna fishers in Albay revive old practices to save seas

Mar 25, 2017 - 8:15 AM

Our tuna fishers are doing this to avert the impact of warming oceans because of climate change says Wilfredo Chavenia chair of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Management Council in Tiwi town

CATCH OF THE DAY. A fishermen bears his catch in Barangay San Roque, Tabaco City, Albay. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

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.

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

Results: October 2016 Fisheries Technologist Licensure Exam

Oct 18, 2016 - 5:21 PM

457 out of 1 391 passed the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination this October 2016

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

Only 9 of 4,535 scholars left in DA program, says COA

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Auditors say that many applicants have dropped out of the Agricultural Enhancement Competitiveness Fund scholarship scheme discouraged by complications in the application process and delays in the release of the fund

Do we let greed continue running the world?

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Once our President makes a decision it will be binding on us on our children and on our children s children I do hope we get the answer right before it is too late

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

VIRAL: Does Cebu town mayor really want whale sharks killed?

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia won t be in the position to make good on his threat

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