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.
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.
At the height of rice eel’s infestation of inland areas in some provinces in Region 2, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has devised a way to turn this pest into an export-quality fish commodity.
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).
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.
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