As fish stocks dwindle, fishers seek to protect Antique’s 'tuna highway'

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Libertad is one of the 4 towns along Pandan Bay where the open seas are known as the tuna highway of Antique for their bountiful stocks of the commercially valuable fish

TUNA HAUL. Small-scale fishers unload tuna from outrigger boats after a night of fishing in Pandan Bay, at the edge of the Sulu Sea. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist, Libertad, Antique

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

World's biggest fish market will be moved, says Tokyo governor

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Plans to uproot the more than 80 year old market have been in the works for years with advocates citing the need for upgraded technology as they pointed to Tsukiji s antiquated refrigeration systems

TUNA HAUL. This file picture taken on January 5, 2017 shows fishmongers checking bluefin tuna prior to the new year's first auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

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

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

WATCH: Small fisherfolk excited to fish in Laguna Lake after clearing of fishpens

Jan 26, 2017 - 9:13 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has started its massive dismantling of fish pens at the Laguna Lake

Support reef conservation, Palawan gov tells reef-fish-for-food industry

Jan 19, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Palawan authorities are cracking down on illegal fishing that destroys coral reefs and imperils the sustainability of the lucrative industry

Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez (center) speaks during a meting of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development in Puerto Princesa, January 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Toxic chemicals detected at Tokyo's new fish market site

Jan 14, 2017 - 5:29 PM

The controversial project has been delayed over fears about toxic contamination which also impacted the 2020 Olympics to be hosted by the Japanese capital

TO BE REPLACED. Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market will be replaced by a new facility. Photo from Wikipedia

DENR to dismantle 'illegal, empty' Laguna Lake fish pens first

Jan 04, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Environment Undersecretary Arturo Valdez says fish pen permits will not be renewed for a year to give Laguna Lake a healing period

HEALING PERIOD. The environment department will soon conduct its massive dismantling of fish pens in Laguna Lake. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Pencurian ikan, 14 kapal ditangkap di NTT

Dec 23, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Sebanyak 7 ton ikan dicuri dari Perairan Nusa Tenggara Timur sepanjang 2016

CA acquits 12 Chinese fishermen of poaching at Tubbataha Reef

Dec 19, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The fishermen are now in a temporary shelter pending their deportation to China

CONVICTS NO MORE. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing at Tubbataha Reef on April 2013. File photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

Duterte: Mid-December demolition of excessive Laguna Lake fish pens

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has ordered the military to dismantle the fish pens if owners themselves refuse to limit their area by the second week of December

LAKE FOR ALL. Small fisherfolk have been blocked by fish pen company guards from fishing in Laguna Lake. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

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Oct 19, 2016 - 8:46 PM

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Thousands protest steel plant over Vietnam fish death

Oct 02, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Multi billion dollar steel plant Formosa continues to face protests after being blamed for Vietnam s worst ecological disaster in decades

IN PROTEST. Vietnamese working in Taiwan hold placards as they demonstrate outside the Formosa Plastics Corporation headquarters in Taipei on August 10. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Perusahaan Malaysia pekerjakan WNI untuk curi ikan di Indonesia

Sep 21, 2016 - 1:28 AM

Tidak bisa menunjukkan kelengkapan surat yang sah kasus ini akan terus diproses dan diselidiki lebih lanjut

DiCaprio unveils free technology to spy on global fishing

Sep 15, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The technology known as Global Fishing Watch is officially released to the public during the Our Oceans Conference

Duterte to bring up fishing rights with China in ASEAN summit

Sep 02, 2016 - 10:29 PM

Duterte says he will also ask Chinese officials about reports of new construction activities in Scarborough Shoal

FILIPINOS' RIGHTS. President Duterte leads National Heroes' Day ceremonies on August 29, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Indonesia sinks impounded foreign boats to celebrate independence

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Since elected President Joko Widodo has intensified a campaign to exercise Indonesia s maritime sovereignty and has sunk and blown up scores of foreign vessels

BLOWING UP BOATS. One of seven fishing boats is blown up by the Indonesian government in Batam, Kepulauan Riau province on February 22, 2016. File photo by Sei Ratifa/ AFP

Help needed for PH tuna industry workers

Aug 15, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The community sharing of by catch helps each household put food on the table but when will the government help the tuna industry for the long term?

Hazards in labor contracting: What about the PH tuna industry?

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:24 PM

The Department of Labor order covering handline fishing is without teeth absent sweeping inspections across the tuna industry

TUNA. A man carries a freshly caught fish that weighs 30 to 40 kilograms. Photo by Buena Bernal

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Aug 02, 2016 - 7:32 PM

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Indonesia to sink scores of boats in fishing fight

Aug 01, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Boats from a number of countries including China Thailand Vietnam the Philippines and Malaysia are already sunk as part of the campaign

BLOWING UP BOATS. One of seven fishing boats is blown up by the Indonesian government in Batam, Kepulauan Riau province on February 22, 2016. File photo by Sei Ratifa/ AFP

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

Fish market residents celebrate end of Ramadan in tents

Jul 07, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Since the Jakarta administration demolished their houses in Pasar Ikan in April 380 evicted families who claim they have the right to live on the property camped inside temporary tents among the ruins

TENTSS. Evictees of Pasar Ikan spend their Lebaran in tents. Photo by Zachary Lee

'Longest painting' by 6,000 artists finds home in Dapitan

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:11 PM

7 344 meters long Fishes of the Ocean could have held the world record as the longest continuous painting on canvas but it did not receive help from government

LONGEST PAINTING. 77 rolls of canvas bear  'Fishes of the Ocean,' which has been transferred from Quezon City to Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte. Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

Indonesia segera bangun dermaga kapal perang di Natuna

Jun 30, 2016 - 9:52 AM

Pembangunan fasilitas militer di Pulau Natuna pasca terjadi pelanggaran teritori laut oleh Tiongkok

BANGUN DERMAGA KAPAL PERANG. Peta wilayah perairan Natuna. Ilustrasi dari situs resmi Setkab

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

Indonesia navy says Chinese fishing is 'ruse' to stake claim

Jun 21, 2016 - 10:07 PM

The commander of the Indonesian navy s western fleet said he suspected the incursions were structured indicating the Chinese government had given its blessing

TENSIONS AT SEA. This picture taken on April 23, 2016 shows a member of the Indonesian navy standing before Chinese trawler Hua Li-8 in Belawan, North Sumatra. File photo by Abimata Hasibuan/AFP

Indonesia opens fire on Chinese boat, defends decision

Jun 21, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The shooting was definitely according to procedure

ILLEGAL FISHING. Police on a boat are seen past the remnants of illegal fishing boats blown up with explosives by Indonesian authorities in April 5, 2016.  File photo by AFP

China says Indonesia fired on fishing boats, injuring crewman

Jun 19, 2016 - 9:50 PM

UPDATED Beijing s foreign ministry accuses Indonesian naval ships of harassing Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea

This picture taken on April 23, 2016 shows a member of the Indonesian navy standing before the Chinese trawler "Hua Li-8" (L) in Belawan, North Sumatra. Indonesian warships have detained a Chinese trawler allegedly operating illegally in Indonesian waters, just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions, the navy said on April 24. / AFP PHOTO / ABIMATA HASIBUAN

3 ways to save Nemo and Dory

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Finding Dory can inspire people to see fish in the wild – not bring them home

Instead of wanting to possess fish, let Finding Dory inspire us all to see them in their home – the big blue, where Nemo, Dory and all their friends belong. Shown is a healthy coral reef in Palawan. All photos from Greggy Yan

Dozens of Philippine fish species in danger – study

Jun 10, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Overfishing to meet the demands of a fast growing population and Chinese restaurants around the region is a key factor in the decline says Gregorio dela Rosa a marine biologist with Haribon

AN OVERFISHING PROBLEM. An image made available on March 21, 2016 shows fish produce at a market in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, March 18, 2016. File photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

'Ground-breaking' accord on illegal fishing enters force

Jun 05, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The international treaty called the Port State Measures Agreement becomes legally binding in 29 countries

epa05110323 A Myanmar migrant fisherman enjoys a drink on a Thai fishing boat after unloading fish at a jetty in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, 19 January 2016. The European Union's technical team arrive Thailand to observe the Thai government's progress in tackling illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing problem. Thai fishing industry has accused and warned by EU over illegal fishing and the abuse of worker in the industry. The European Union threatened an import ban on Thai seafood products in its market if the country's IUU fishing situation not improve. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Vietnam breaks up protests as anger seethes over fish deaths

Jun 05, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The washing up on Vietnamese shores of tons of dead fish and the perceived lack of clarity on what caused the deaths spark widespread anger in the country

PROTEST. Vietnamese protesters hold a large banner reading 'Vietnam People Save The Sea' during a rally denouncing recent mass fish deaths in Hanoi. Photo by Luong Thai Linh/EPA

China angry after Indonesia fights back, seizes Chinese fishing boat

May 30, 2016 - 7:50 PM

We have made stern representations with Indonesia concerning this matter says a peeved Chinese official

ILLEGAL FISHING. Surveillance vessels chased and caught a Chinese fishing boat allegedly operating in waters near the Indonesian Natuna Islands without a permit. File photo by AFP/Therence Koh

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

In Batanes, an age-old fishing tradition lives on

May 21, 2016 - 8:29 PM

Traveler Potpot Pinili trails special dorado catchers in Batanes following ancient fishing traditions called kapayvanuvanua

FRESH CATCH. Dorados are golden when they're fresh from the sea. Its golden hues fade as they start to die. Photo by Potpot Pinili/Rappler

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

Vietnamese rally against Taiwan firm over mass fish deaths

May 01, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Taiwanese company Formosa is suspected to be behind a toxic leak that hit the fishing industry along the central coast

Large parts of Barrier Reef dead in 20 years – scientists

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:45 PM

The study is yet to be peer reviewed but the center took the unusual step of releasing it early because the reef is in such a dire predicament

20 YEARS. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on January 31, 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Handout photo by James Cook University/EPA

Indonesia has a new tool to fight China, others on illegal fishing

Apr 27, 2016 - 4:57 PM

It will also allow Indonesia to accurately monitor its remote territory including in the South China Sea where Indonesian and Chinese vessels clashed last month

ILLEGAL FISHING. An illegal fishing vessel 'Viking' is sunk in the waters off Pangandaran, West Java province, Indonesia. Photo by EPA

Sea saga continues: Indonesian navy impounds Chinese trawler for illegal fishing

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:41 PM

The incident happened just weeks after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries caused tensions

ILLEGAL FISHING. The Indonesian navy holds crew members of the Chinese trawler Hua Li-8 in Belawan, North Sumatra. AFP PHOTO / ABIMATA HASIBUAN

Lost, jobless: Life after relocation from Jakarta's fish market

Apr 18, 2016 - 2:06 PM

321 families from Pasar Ikan were forced to move to low cost apartments and must now find new ways to make a living

Indonesia demands 'bully' China hand over fishing boat

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:23 PM

It was the latest salvo in a rare public row between the nations which began two weeks ago when Indonesian and Chinese vessels clashed near Indonesia s Natuna Islands

NO BULLYING. Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti calls on China to hand over a fishing boat it claims was operating illegally in its waters near the South China Sea. AFP

Romulo Cafe opens in London, wants Brits to try Filipino flying fish

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Filipino restaurant Romulo Café opens its first branch overseas in London It wants Brits to occasionally set aside fish and chips to try the restaurant’s Flying Fish

ADOBO ROMULO STYLE. Cafe Romulo offer heirloom recipes of Virginia Romulo. All photos from Cafe Romulo London

Indonesia defends shooting at Taiwanese fishing boats

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:24 PM

It was the latest example of Jakarta taking a tougher approach to defending its waters

Taiwan fishing boats shot at in Indonesian waters

Mar 22, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Two Taiwanese fishing boats were allegedly chased and shot by an Indonesian patrol boat claims which Indonesia denies

Tiongkok minta 8 ABK yang ditahan oleh Indonesia dikembalikan

Mar 21, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Tiongkok merasa nelayan mereka menangkap ikan di area yang legal dan disebut traditional Chinese fishing ground

Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan Susi Pudjiastuti meninjau Kapal MV Viking buronan Interpol Norwegia jelang peledakan di wilayah Perairan Tanjung Batumandi, Pangandaran, Jawa Barat, Senin, 14 Maret. Foto oleh Adeng Bustomi/ANTARA

China urges Indonesia to release crew after sea confrontation

Mar 21, 2016 - 4:43 PM

8 crew members of the Chinese fishing vessel were detained before the coastguards intervened a Chinese envoy said and urged Jakarta to let them go

Surveillance vessels chased and caught a Chinese fishing boat allegedly operating in waters near the Indonesian Natuna Islands without a permit. File photo by AFP/Therence Koh