BFAR backs WTO ban on fisheries subsidies

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said the Philippines must comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ban on fishing subsidies, which is designed to deter illegal fishing, even amid pressure from fishing organizations to provide government support for fisherfolk.   Demosthenes R. Escoto, BFAR officer-in-charge, said that the WTO agreement against subsidies […]

Sardine canneries in deal to secure supply during closed fishing season

THE sardine canning industry has signed an agreement with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to ensure continued access to supply during the closed fishing season in the waters around Zamboanga Peninsula starting in December, the BFAR said. The Canned Sardines Association of the Philippines (CSAP) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MoA) […]

Conservation NGO calls for crackdown on illegal fishing, suspension of fish imports

THE government needs to crack down on illegal fishing in municipal waters and reduce fish imports if it expects fisherfolk and marine resources to thrive, a conservation group said. “We are already feeling the pinch of a global food crisis, including decreasing national fish stock. The country’s aquaculture and marine resources should be prioritized as […]

Sardine shortage projected as migration patterns disrupted by changing climate

THE fishing industry is projecting sardine shortages, with catches currently a fraction of their previous levels due to the changing climate. “There is an anticipated shortage. We’re not saying there’s a shortage now but it’s going to that direction,” Francisco J. Buencamino, executive director of the Tuna Canners Association of the Philippines, said in an […]

Philippines places 20th in global illegal fishing index

The Philippines ranked 20th out of 152* coastal countries in the 2021 Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Index by the Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd. and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. The index assesses a country’s vulnerability to, prevalence of, and response to IUU fishing. Compared to the 2019 edition, the Philippines’ […]

Fisherfolk call for suspension of closed fishing season policy in typhoon-affected provinces

PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD FACEBOOK PAGE AN ORGANIZATION of small fishermen has expressed its opposition to importing fish for typhoon-hit areas, calling instead for aid to restore its members’ livelihoods and the lifting of an order imposing a closed fishing season on key fishing grounds. The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) said in […]

Organization of fishermen seeks gov’t help for members

THE Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA), an organization of small fishermen, said the government needs to provide aid to small fisherfolk during the three-month closed fishing season in the Visayan Sea. Fernando L. Hicap, PAMALAKAYA chairman, said that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) needs to disburse P10,000 per family […]

Closed fishing season ‘unjust’ to small fishermen, organization claims

THE PRACTICE of closing fishing grounds to allow fisheries to recover has had a disproportionate impact on small fishermen by depriving them of livelihoods while driving up consumer food costs, according to a fishermen’s organization, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).  PAMALAKAYA National Chairman Fernando L. Hicap said in a statement Monday […]

Fishers group appeals to local governments to defy order to dismantle fishing structures in Cavite

A FISHERS group appealed on Monday to local governments in Cavite to defy the dismantling of alleged illegal fishing structures in Manila Bay led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Fernando L. Hicap, chairperson of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA), said officials of four localities in the province […]

Fishers group pushes gov’t to improve efforts in stopping foreign fishing vessels   

THE NATIONAL government should increase its efforts against foreign fishing vessels within Philippine waters as mandated by local and international laws following China’s declaration of an annual fishing ban in the South China Sea, a local fishing group said. Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) said in a statement on Monday that the […]

Editorial: Abundance of diplomacy

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana says that although we must exercise a “high degree of vigilance, a high degree of monitoring” over the persistent presence of around 200 Chinese maritime militia vessels, as the Philippine Coast Guard reported, at the Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea, the matter should […]

Fisheries bureau boosts surveillance

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has improved and expanded its surveillance of illegal fishing activities, according to the agency. In a statement, it could now track and communicate with flagged fishing vessels in real time, while integrating law enforcement. “Implementing the project gives us the opportunity to benefit from technological innovations for […]

Regional Updates (02/02/21)

Fishing season for galunggong reopens in Palawan THE three-month closed fishing season for roundscad, locally known as galunggong, in northeast Palawan has been lifted, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced Tuesday. BFAR said the resumption of fishing activities in the area is expected to stabilize the supply and price of galunggong and […]