Pacific nations extend PHL conservation and management measures for tropical tunas until 2015

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.

Commercial fishers supports government sardine closed season for the Visayan Sea

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.

Additional P1B for government agri-credit to benefit 97,000 more farmers, fisherfolk

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.

Partnership and collaborative efforts, this year’s theme for the 49th Fish Conservation Week

An October 12, 2012, press release from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: This year’s 49th Fish Conservation Week centers on the theme“Maunlad na Pangisdaan Makakamtan sa Matatag na Balikatan” (Steadfast Partnership Towards Sustainable Fisheries). Spearheaded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, this nationwide observance highlights a series of activities geared towards renewing and strengthening inter-agency partnership and intensifying awareness on the need to conserve and protect fisheries and aquatic resources.

Patimpalak ng BFAR para sa kabataan inilunsad

Isang pabalita mula sa Kagawaran ng Agricultura noong ika-14 ng Setyembre 2012: Iyan ang titulo ng patimpalak sa pagsulat ng sanaysay na inilunsad ng Bureau of Fisheries anxd Aquatic Resources (BFAR) kamakailan. Layunin ng patimpalak na ito na pausbungin at pag-ibayuhin sa mga isipan ng kabataan ang kahalagahan ng pangangalaga sa ating mga isda at yamang-tubig lalo na yaong nanganganib nang maubos.

Missing fishermen rescued in Honda Bay, Palawan

A July 24, 2012, press release from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: The joint operatives of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) onboard the DA-BFAR MCS 3002 rescued two fishermen whose boat capsized in Honda Bay area in Palawan last Friday.

LLDA, BFAR unify actions to solve lake problems

A May 30, 2012 press release from the Department Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: With the continued rise in fish mortalities and increase of knife fish in the country’s largest lake, government authorities agreed to join forces today to effectively address and prevent problems that would affect the livelihoods and fish supply in the region and in Metro Manila as well.

DA-BFAR: Payaos are only for municipal waters

A May 11, 2012 press release from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources: There will be no payao or fish-aggregating device (FAD) to be installed at Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, but only within municipal waters. Director Asis G. Perez of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) clarifies that payaos will be installed primarily within the 15-kilometer municipal water boundaries of coastal municipalities in the West Philippine Seas and not at Panatag Shoal, which is 119 nautical miles or 220 kilometers away from the coastal town of Paluig, in Zambales.