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.

BFAR celebrates Golden Anniversary of Fish Conservation Week

Every year in the month of October, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) celebrates Fish Conservation Week by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 176 and as mandated in the Fisheries Code of the Philippines (RA 8550 s. 1998) to intensify awareness on the need to conserve and protect fisheries and aquatic resources.

BFAR advisory on the 4 affected coastal areas in Cavite affected by oil spill

Following the oil spill that occurred on Thursday particularly in the coastal waters of Rosario, Ternate, Naic, and Tanza, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) through its Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) patrol vessels along with the Philippine Coast Guard, continuously monitor the waters surrounding the areas to determine the extent of its ill effect to marine life and prevent the imminent harm it might further bring about to the fishing communities of the said coastline.

BFAR on guard in Calbayog coastal waters in W. Samar for possible red tide occurrence

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced today that its experts in collaboration with concerned local government units (LGUs) are presently dispatched in the coastal waters of Calbayog, Western Samar, to closely monitor possible red tide toxin in shellfish meat or Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP).

Government steps up efforts to contain knife fish in Laguna de Ba’i

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.

Joint Statement on the incident involving a Philippine MCS Patrol vessel and Taiwanese Fishing vessels east of Balintang Island, May 10, 2013

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.

BFAR suspends importation of all live shrimps

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.

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