Freshwater Sardine

Sardinella tawilis (the freshwater sardinella, freshwater herring, or bombon sardine), is a freshwater sardine found exclusively in the Philippines. It is the only member of the genus Sardinella known to exist entirely in fresh water. Locally, they are known in Filipino as tawilis.

S. tawilis populations are found only in a Taal Lake in Batangas province on the island of Luzon in th ...

e Philippines. The third-largest lake in the Philippines used to be the caldera of an ancient volcano. Before recent history, the lake was but an extension of the entirely marine Balayan Bay.

Major eruptions in the 18th century essentially sealed the lake from the sea, eventually leading its waters to become fresh water. S. tawilis is believed to be one of a few former marine species trapped within the lake that have evolved into purely freshwater species.  Wiki

Freshwater Sardine Sardinella tawilis News

  • Forum Tackles Endangered Tawilis

    Forum Tackles Endangered Tawilis

    The University of Santo Tomas recently staged the Tawilis Summit 2019 in a bid to shed light on the most recent scientific information on Sardinella tawilis which was declared endangered species.

    Tawilis, a freshwater sardine found exclusively in the Philippines, is the only known member of the genus Sardinella that can exist entirely in freshwater.

    Keynote speaker Dr. Mudjekeewis Santos from the UST Graduate School, who is also an academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, presented "The IUCN assessment of Sardinella tawilis as an endangered species," of which he is ...

  • Saving 'Tawilis' BFAR Revives Fishing Ban Bid

    Saving 'Tawilis' BFAR Revives Fishing Ban Bid

    The government is scrambling to save the popular tawilis which was recently declared an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources director Ed Gongona said the BFAR was planning to enforce a three-month fishing ban starting March or April in Taal Lake, the only place where the species thrives in the wild.

    Gongona said his office had already proposed a three-month fishing ban on tawilis, also known as Sardinella tawilis, as early as 2013, but the Department of Environment and Natural Resources took no acti ...

  • Taal Lakes Tawilis Now On List Of Endangered Species

    Taal Lakes Tawilis Now On List Of Endangered Species

    Freshwater sardines Tawilis, which can only be found in Philippines' Taal Lake, is now an endangered species, a research found.

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Tawilis or "sardinella tawilis" is in danger of facing extinction.

    It noted there has been a steady decline in the catch of the commercial fish since 1998 due to overfishing, illegal use of active fishing gears, increasing use of fish cages, and the deterioration of the water quality in Taal Lake located in Batangas.

    The international organization added that the harvest of Tawilis, the only known ...