With daily knife fish landing already reaching 10,000 kg, at least seven national agencies forged together with the stakeholders to contain further infestation of the said invasive species during the “National Forum on the Containment of Knife Fish in Laguna de Ba’i” held last June 14, 2013, in Taguig City University.
We received a report that on May 9, 2013, MCS 3001 jointly manned by elements of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippines Coast Guard (PCG), encountered four foreign fishing vessels within Philippine Archipelagic waters.
An April 30, 2013, press release from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: In a move to prevent Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) and other shrimp diseases from entering and spreading in the Philippines, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has suspended the processing of application to import all live shrimps and susceptible crustaceans indefinitely.
An April 23, 2013, press release from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: As a result of this success, Director Perez is looking into extending the fishing closed season for round scad or galunggong. At the height of news about depletion in supply of galunggong and increase of its prices in the market (ranging from P60.00 up to P120.00 depending on size), the BFAR Director sees possible fishing closed season for galunggong as a positive way to address such problems.
A March 30, 2013, press release from the Department of Agriculture: Rebounding from a two-year slump, the country’s fisheries sector expects brighter prospects starting this year, as tuna catch is picking up, and domestic fish supply is increasing as a result of conservation efforts.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will end the implementation of the four-month closed season on the catching of sardines, herring, and mackerel in the Visayan Sea and its surrounding waters on Friday, March 15, 2013.
A December 18, 2012 press release from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: Following the devastation wrought by typhoon Pablo in both upland and coastal communities in Davao Oriental, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Director Atty. Asis G. Perez allayed fears of local residents that fish caught in the area are not safe for consumption.
A December 10, 2012, press release from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: Obtaining consensus from member countries of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) for an extension of the Philippines’ conservation and management measures for tropical tuna fishing in the recently concluded 9th meeting which ended last December 6 in Manila, members of the Philippine delegation were very happy as this vote would mean support in maintaining the health of the tuna spawning grounds of the country.
A November 14, 2012 press release from the Department of Agriculture: Commercial fishing operators in the Visayan Sea assures government that they will fully support the implementation of the four-month closed season for sardines and mackerels that will start Nov. 15 this year to March 15, 2013.
A November 8, 2012, press release from the Department of Agriculture: Government initiative in providing credit and financing support to local food production, especially for food staples sufficiency, is getting an added boost by way of an additional P1-billion funding for the Agro-Industry Modernization Credit and Financing Program (AMCFP) in 2013. The additional budget for the AMCFP, which will come from the General Fund, is expected to benefit an estimated 97,676 new small farmer and fisherfolk borrowers in 2013 who currently have no access to banks and other sources of formal credit.