Davao Gulf

Davao City, Davao del Sur

Davao Gulf is a gulf found in Mindanao in the Philippines. It has an area of 308,000 hectares. Davao Gulf cuts into the island of Mindanao from Philippine Sea. It is surrounded by all five provinces in the Davao Region. The largest island in the gulf is Samal Island. Davao City, on the gulf's west coast, is the largest and busiest port on the gulf. The Bagobo, a tribe known in Davao, are living in ...

the Davao Gulf.

The gulf water is regarded as one of most diverse cetacean habitats in the nation, being home for at least 10 species of toothed whales and dolphins such as Sperm Whales and Beaked Whales. Also Whale Sharks are seen frequently.

Furthermore, several ecological phenomena have been observed in the Davao Gulf such as a previously unknown predator of the Crown-of-Thorns starfish, new species records and species discoveries underlining the uniqueness of the marine resources in the Davao Gulf.

Davao Gulf News

  • BFAR Sets 3-month Fishing Ban In Southern Mindanao

    BFAR Sets 3-month Fishing Ban In Southern Mindanao

    Mackerel, scad and trevally are now off limits to more than 40,000 fishermen in southern Mindanao following the suspension of commercial fishing at the 308,000-hectare Davao Gulf from June 1 to Aug. 31.

    The suspension would allow the gulf to recuperate, said Fatma Idris, regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). The gulf straddles four Davao provinces and Compostela Valley.

    The fifth to be imposed since 2013, the suspension would also allow fishing for sustenance provided fishermen do not use gear such as bag nets and ring nets, Idris said.

    Commercial ...

  • Fishing Open Season Begins In Davao Gulf

    Fishing Open Season Begins In Davao Gulf

    Fishermen prepared their boats and equipment on Thursday as the regional offices of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Department of Agriculture ended the closed season in Davao Gulf.

    The BFAR and DA are hoping fishermen can now catch more fish products in Davao gulf.

    Fishing ban in Davao gulf was implemented from June to August 2017 to allow pelagic fishes to spawn in the ocean.

    During the closed season, fishermen and companies were prohibited from catching fish 15 kilometers from the shoreline of municipal waters, especially when used with bag net and ring net.

    Since 2 ...

  • BFAR Revive Davao Gulf Council

    BFAR Revive Davao Gulf Council

    The Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Davao intends to activate the Davao Gulf Management Council to fully guard the marine area in preserving its rich resources.

    BFAR-Davao regional director Fatma Idris said that the council is important in implementing the region?s three-month observation of the Davao Gulf Close Season set every first day of June to August. The close season started in 2014.

    ?We hope that the council (Davao Gulf Management Council) will be activated this time. Since it?s a joint effort, with all the Local Government Units (LGU) representatives, there must be s ...

  • Fisherfolk Urged To Guard Davaos Municipal Waters

    A fisherfolk cooperative officer urged good governance of the municipal seas in Davao Region especially during closed season to help local small-scale fisher folks catch more come open season.

    Barog Katawhan Multi-Purpose Cooperative manager Jerry dela Cerna said the efforts alone of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the local government units are not enough to guard the seas from illegal fishing.

    He pointed out the limited manpower that these agencies have and so he urged the fishermen themselves to keep watch of the seas during closed season and to report any suspici ...

  • Davao Gulf Closed Season Helps Increase Fish Production

    Davao Gulf Closed Season Helps Increase Fish Production

    Implementation of the closed season for fishing at the Davao Gulf had resulted better catch for local fisher folks in Davao Region, said Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) official.

    During the culmination of the 4th year implementation last August 31 of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 02 or the 3-month closed season for fishing at the BFAR Davao Regional Office, Magsaysay Avenue, regional director Fatma Idris said that the JAO 02 had several positive impacts since its implementation four years ago.

    ?We had reduced the number of illegal fishers because there are no long ...

  • Naval Forces In Eastern Mindanao Conducts Coral Reef Restoration, Preservation Activities In Davao City

    Naval Forces In Eastern Mindanao Conducts Coral Reef Restoration, Preservation Activities In Davao City

    Fourteen communities in Barangay Seaside, Davao City have participated in the coral reef restoration and preservation activities of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM), together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Davao City Water District.

    Barangay Seaside is one of the areas that are very near the Davao Gulf where the primary livelihood is fishing.

    This is one of Camp Panacans Anniversary activities which aims at protecting the livelihood of fisher folks in the area, Major Reynold C. Cuencia, assistant chief of staff for civil military, said.

    Four ...