DA Photo release: For the good of municipal fisheries

Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala announces health care and insurance benefits for municipal fisherfolk as National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration or FishR hits the one-million mark on Friday.

DA-BFAR sees rising trend in sardine production as third sardine closed season ends

“For three years now, we see reports of an increased volume in sardine production supported by testimonies from the fisherfolk as well as sardine operators. This, indeed, affirms our decision to establish a closed season for the conservation of sardines,” said BFAR national director Asis G. Perez.

BFAR: Areas in Zamboanga del Sur, Zaboanga Sibugay, and Bataan positive for red tide

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources issued Shellfish Bulletin No. 2, s. 2014 last January 13, 2014, stating that shellfish collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison beyond the regulatory limit.

Government launches boat rehab initiative for calamity-affected fisherfolk

Three weeks since supertyphoon Yolanda hit island-region Visayas and impaired fishing operations in the coastal communities, the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) launched in Cebu City a rehabilitation initiative that will ensure immediate livelihood assistance to the distressed fisherfolk.

Philippines to continue fishing in tuna-rich high seas

The Philippines will continue its fishing access to tuna-rich high seas pocket 1 (HSP1) for three years following a decision made by the Tuna Commission during the 10th Regular Session of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) in Cairn, Australia.