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BFAR spearheads campaign against illegal fishing


THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has partnered with the Central Command (Centcom), the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard and the different local government units in northern Cebu in the campaign against illegal fishing. Retired Navy Commander Lyndon Ruiz, head of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force (CPAIFTF), said their campaign focuses […]

Posted: March 12th, 2017 in Community | Read More »

Fishing resumes in Visayan Sea


IT’S open season for commercial fishing in the Visayan Sea, effective February 16. The Visayan Sea was closed to commercial fishing for three months, starting November 15 last year in time for the spawning season of sardines, herring and mackerel. Allan Poquita, assistant regional director of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-7), confirmed that […]

Posted: February 24th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

BFAR-7 to public: Avoid eating shellfish for now


The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7) has urged the public to refrain from eating shellfish until such time that they can lift the red tide warning in the Dauis, Bohol Province. Alma Saavedra, BFAR-7 information officer, said that, at present, there is still a red tide in the area. “While […]

Posted: December 27th, 2016 in Breaking | Read More »

Australian Navy visits Cebu for naval exercise


TWO patrol boats of the Royal Australian Navy arrived at the Naval Forces Central (Navforcen) port in Barangay Lo-oc, Lapu-Lapu City on Thursday as part of Exercise Lumbas 2016. The two Armidale-class patrol boats, HMAS Glenelg (ACPB 96) and HMAS Larrakia (ACPB 84) will be in Cebu until October 21 for the naval exercise. The […]

Posted: October 14th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

PB’s call: File cases against fishers who killed thresher sharks


THE Cebu Provincial Board is asking the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Central Visayas (BFAR-7) to file appropriate cases against the 13 fishermen who killed 19 thresher sharks in the Tañon Strait, which is a protected seascape. During yesterday’s session, the PB passed a resolution sponsored […]

Posted: September 26th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Lapu-Lapu firm investigated


THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7) is investigating the Lapu Lapu City-based company that was blamed for exporting scallops that caused a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii. Elvie Flores of the Fisheries Regulatory and Law Enforcement Division of BFAR-7 said that members from the laboratory and legal teams arrived in […]

Posted: September 10th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Philippine seaweeds safe, says industry leader


GROUPS making claims that the seaweeds from the Philippines spread diseases should make sure their reports are based on thorough study as these statements are hurting local farmers, an industry leader said. Maximo Richohermoso, chairman of the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP), said farmers have to deal with a decline in global demand […]

Posted: September 7th, 2016 in Enterprise | Read More »

Stakeholders to meet in Oslob for whale shark watching


ENVIRONMENT and fishery officials will soon meet up with officials of Oslob town and the provincial government to discuss ways to regulate human interaction with whale sharks. This came after the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species recently classified whale sharks — locally named as “butanding” — as endangered. […]

Posted: July 17th, 2016 in Headlines | Read More »

Bangus sardines project Farming, fishing sectors in Tuburan get boost


Tuburan town’s fishing and farming sectors are getting a boost from the local government’s thrust to make bangus sardines a town industry and a local coffee chain’s plan to help coffee farmers improve their products and to purchase these coffee beans from them. Mayor Democrito Diamante said in a recent interview that he was working […]

Posted: July 10th, 2016 in Enterprise | Read More »

Living and loving the law


His gentle demeanor and frail-looking appearance belie the steely inner strength and fierce determination to implement our largely lying “in the doldrums” fisheries and other environment laws. As Bantay Dagat (sea guardian), he holds sacred his pledge to follow and implement the law. He knew and accepted the risks to his life when he undertook […]

Posted: July 10th, 2016 in Opinion | Read More »