Illegal Fishing Boats

At least three “liba-liba” boats were seized on Wednesday (19 Nov 2014) off Placer town in Surigao del Norte. The seizure was conducted through joint efforts by the Philippine Navy and the… »

Surigao fishermen catch giant ocean sunfish

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – Fishermen in a coastal village here caught a rare giant fish early morning Tuesday, which awed residents owing to the fish’s size. Energito… »

BFAR-11 to procure vessel for patrolling operations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will be procuring a 40-foot vessel next year to patrol the region’s more turbulent waters,… »

Closed season eyed in Lake Mainit to address dwindling catch

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource-Caraga Region has proposed imposing a closed season for fishing in Lake Mainit to address the decrease in catch… »

Tuna spawns in Davao Gulf increase after closure to commercial fishing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September) – Tuna spawns in the Davao Gulf have increased two months after it was closed to commercial fishing, an official at the Bureau of Fisheries and… »

BFAR-12 enhances computerized registration of fisher folks

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 12 is targeting a significant increase in the region’s fisher folk registration… »

BFAR expects low fish catch as it implements ban on use of bag nets, ring nets

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is gearing up for a season of low catch of small pelagic fishes as the… »

Fishermen affected by ‘Pablo’ to get fiberglass boats

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources plans to distribute 400 fiberglass boats to Pablo-hit areas, especially in areas in Davao Oriental. In… »

‘Liba-liba’ fishing still rampant in eastern Mindanao seaboard despite ban

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May)—Despite the ban, the illegal liba-liba or Danish seine fishing remains rampant in the waters off Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands. Nerio Casil,… »

Fishing banned in Davao Gulf on spawning season

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-11 said Friday fishing will be banned in the Davao Gulf between June and August this year to… »

Greenpeace seeks ban on shark hunting in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — A conservation group urged local government units in the Surigao provinces to impose a ban on the catching of all kinds of sharks. Vince Cinches,… »

Dynamite fishing in Siargao remains rampant

DAPA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/19 April)—The marine environment in Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands continues to suffer from rampant illegal dynamite fishing activities in the area. At dusk yesterday, a… »

News Briefing

BFAR assistant Regional Director Asuncio Maputol briefs the media in Cagayan de Oro City April 10, 2014 on the affected areas of the red tide that has spread throughout the coast… »

BFAR-12 to get 270,000 hybrid tilapia breeder fingerlings

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 12 will acquire an additional 270,000 hybrid tilapia breeder fingerlings this year… »

Banned Fishing Method

A liba-liba fishing boat docks at the Cantilan River in Surigao del Sur in this file photo taken Oct. 26, 2013. Authorities have banned liba-liba, or Danish seine fishing method,… »

Liba-liba fishing operations continue in Caraga despite ban

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – Despite the ban on Danish seine fishing, locally known as liba-liba, fishermen are still using the method in the waters of… »

‘Liba-liba’ fishing ban starts Tuesday–BFAR exec

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 October)—The ban on Danish seine fishing, locally known as “liba-liba,” will start on Tuesday, October 15, Nerio Casil, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director in… »

GenSan backs BFAR conversion into department

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 Oct.) — Calling it a vital measure to ensure the sustenance of the country’s fishery industry, the city council has expressed support to the proposed conversion… »

BFAR launches fisherfolk registration drive in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 August)- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 12 has launched a massive registration of fisherfolk in the region to facilitate the proper… »

Blast fishing rampant in 5 Surigao towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) — Five towns in Surigao del Norte are under tight watch by the Philippine National Police Maritime Office Caraga for alleged rampant dynamite fishing. Edgard Cuanan,… »

Beached giant Ocean Sunfish in CDO dies

Beached giant Ocean Sunfish in CDO dies CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) — An Ocean Sunfish, also known as “Mola mola,” beached on the shores of Barangay Macabalan here… »

BFAR to fishermen: let yourselves be counted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 July)—The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is urging fisherfolk to enlist to the National Fisherfolk Registration Program, which has a funding of P200 million that… »

BFAR studying if pangasius harmful to local fisheries

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 March) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has launched scientific studies on the growth and breeding traits of the “exotic” Pangasius fish (Pangasius… »

SPECIAL REPORT: Moratorium on fish cage operations sought to save Lake Sebu from dying

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/10 March) —  A paradise lost. Seventy-five year old Sindoy Cuyan recalls how as a young T’boli girl, swimming in Lake Sebu was “pure fun,” its… »

BFAR sees higher harvest with lifting of sardine fishing ban

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 March)– Fisheries officials are expecting higher sardine and herring fish landings this year following the official lifting Friday of a three-month fishing ban along their identified spawning… »

Nationwide ‘payao’ deployment for municipal fishing starts

BASILAN STRAIT (MindaNews/09 March)– The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) launched here Saturday the nationwide deployment of fish aggregating devices or payaos for small fishermen operating within the… »

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