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.


DA-BFAR: Success of sardines closed season, not impossible for galunggong

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.


BFAR assures Davao Oriental consumers that fish remains safe to eat

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.


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.