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Presyo ng isda, posibleng tumaas sa mga susunod na araw

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014

FILE PHOTO : Galunggong (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Pinangangambahang tumaas ang presyo ng isda sa susunod na ilang araw sa mga pamilihan sa Luzon.

Sinabi ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) kaugnay ito ng pagkasira ng mga fishpen sa ilang bayan sa Luzon dahil sa pananalasa ng Bagyong Glenda.

Samantala , tiniyak ni BFAR Director Asis Perez na ligtas kainin ang mga bangus at tilapia na nakukuha sa mga ilog, tiyakin lamang na ito ay nalinis ng mabuti at buhay o hindi bilasa bago kainin. (UNTV News)

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Fish production improves but corals are dying – BFAR

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Bleached corals in Coron, Palawan

MANILA, Philippines – Data from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported improvements in fish production in the country as compared to the previous years.

In 2018, the country had 4.25 million metric tons of fish which was higher by one percent compared to 2017.

BFAR attributed this positive development to improvements in the country’s aquaculture which increased by three percent from the previous years when fish production was hugely affected by weather disturbances, illegal fishing, water pollution, and stricter implementation of the Fisheries Law.

The disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea contributes 2.34 percent of the country’s total production from provinces in Regions 1, 3, 4A and 4B.

Meanwhile, almost half of the production is contributed by Regions 9, 12 and the Bangsamoro Region, according to BFAR.

Despite this, the Bureau noted that from the 27 thousand hectares of coral areas in the country, only one percent are in good condition.

The agency added that the Philippine government loses P68.5-B every year because of illegal fishing.

Climate change also adds damage to the corals in a phenomenon called coral bleaching.

Sadly, according to BFAR, this phenomenon is expected to persist.

“We will see more coral bleaching. Ibig sabihin yung pagkakamatay ng mga corals dahil tumaas halimbawa yung water temperature o mas na-expose sila ngayon sa sun, (It means the corals are dying because of increasing water temperature as they are more exposed to the heat of the sun),” explained Sammy Malvas, BFAR’s assistant director for admin services.

 Likewise, the agency noted that even the size of fish is now affected.

“Example na lang iyong sardines, maliliit pa naging mature na, (Example sardines, they easily mature but their size remains small), Malvas added.

Doctor Deo Florence Onda of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute said that the West Philippine Sea should all the more be protected because it has a vital role in the region considering that it is the center of biodiversity in the world.

“Isa lang indikasyon noon, kung maraming pumupuntang fishermen doon sa West Philippine Sea, ibig sabihin marami silang napapakinabangan at marami silang nakukuha, (It indicates one thing: More fishermen fish in West Philippines Sea because it is rich in resources and has a lot of fish), Onda said. – with reports from Rey Pelayo

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BFAR to equip commercial fishing vessels with monitoring devices

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

A Philippine fisherman watches a China Coast Guard vessel patrolling the disputed Scarborough Shoal, April 5, 2017. Picture taken April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will install monitoring devices to around 5,000 commercial fishing vessels in the country.

This is in line with the agency’s Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System Project amounting to P2 billion.

Such monitoring devices will enable the agency to monitor the location of all fishing vessels every time they venture out to sea.

“The system will only tell you that the vessel is there and it will also tell you kung may incident or may accident na nangyari doon (if there is any incident or accident at sea,)” noted Sammy Malvas, BFAR’s Assistant Director for Admin services.

The installation will commence sometime during the last quarter of this year. – with inputs from Rey Pelayo

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Closed fishing season in Davao gulf begins June 1—BFAR XI

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

File photo: Marine fishing in the Philippines in more than an industry; it is a way of life. With 7,100 islands, the Philippines has the world’s longest discontinuous coastline. Over a million Filipinos are engaged in marine fishing. Of these, an estimated 800,000 are small-scale fishermen using tradition, low-cost techniques, notably net fishing from small boats and the beach. | Photo by Bernard Spragg. NZ from Christchurch, New Zealand

Fishing season in the Davao Gulf will be closed beginning June 1 according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) region XI.

This is done annually to ensure sufficient supply of various fishes.

On Saturday (June 1), BFAR will set a fishing ban on round scads, karabalyas (short mackerel), and matang baka (pursed-eye scad).

“No Bagnet operators, No Ringnet operators bakasyon muna, (No bagnet operators and ringnet operators, vacation time) ” according to BFAR XI Regional Director Fatma Idris.

The BFAR Fishery Protection and Law Enforcement Group has already been deployed to monitor the municipal waters. Meanwhile, BFAR XI assured there is enough supply of fish in the region.

“Maski may closed season supisyente, mayroong stock kagaya ng rice mayroon tayong stock na nandyan naka-standby na mga fish imported na comparable naman ang presyo, (Despite the closed season, there is sufficient stock. Similar to rice, we also have stock fishes. There are imported fish on stand by and it has comparable pricing)” Idris said.(with reports from Janice Ingente)

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