Tuna is one of the world's favorite fish. It provides a critical part of the diet of millions of people across the globe. There are several species of tuna found in Philippine waters.
Meet Francis Silosia. At 36, he is already the captain of Ryan 628, a medium-scale commercial fishing vessel based in General Santos City, considered as the tuna capital of the Philippines.
This reporter met him on August 16 on board Ryan 628, which is one of seven commercial fishing vessels owned by a local businessman he works for.
Silosia, sitting on top of a blue container drum, flashed a smile as we shook hands when we were introduced to each other by Jimely Flores, a marine biologist at Oceana Philippines.
Silosia and some of the crewmembers were busy preparing for their next fi ...
Late afternoon and we're holed up in a hut along the coast of Tiwi in Albay, trading fish tales and waiting for fishermen to return. Sitting around us are their wives, mending nets and eyeing the swelling crowd of kids cajoling in the surf. It is June, the season for yellowfin tuna. The first of the bancas arrive, unloading a decent haul of pundahan or skipjack ??" small, striped tuna which have proven surprisingly resilient to commercial fishing. Bancas two and three return empty-handed while a fourth disgorges a tub of galunggong or scad. Just one bankulis or yellowfin tuna has been landed, ...
Along the coast of Tiwi in Albay, a group of fishermen's wives mend fishnets as they wait for their husbands to return. It is June, the season for yellowfin tuna.
The first of the bancas arrive, unloading a decent haul of pundahan or skipjack ??" small, striped tuna that have proven surprisingly resilient to commercial fishing. Others however return empty-handed while another disgorges a tub of galunggong or scad. Just one bankulis or yellowfin tuna has been landed, tipping the scales at 39 kilogrammes.
"The Lagonoy Gulf is the Bicol region's richest tuna site ??" but it is heavily overf ...
The world is gifted with a unique variety of sea creatures. But what if these animals are gone?
Marine species are one of the largest group of species that make up the world's biodiversity. Recently, there are over hundreds of new marine species discovered in the country making the Philippines as the "center of the center of marine biodiversity."
Despite that good news, the world has been continuously changing and the first to be affected is the habitat of animals. Scientists may have discovered new ones but others have already become endangered, meaning there is only a small number le ...
The three-month tuna ban in the Davao Gulf resumed for its second year, after the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Davao region reported that tuna and other fish species are actively spawning this time of the year.
The closed season starting June 1 and lasting up to August 31 was mandated to secure the tuna and fish species that are in their breeding period and to conserve the marine resources of the province, authorities said.
"Davao Gulf is an ideal and potential spawning and breeding ground for tuna and tuna-like species," BFAR 11 Regional ...
The dredging of coral reefs to build artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea has alarmed conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In April 2013, poaching vessel F/V Min Long Yu destroyed 3902 square meters of seabed in the Tubbataha Reefs.
Ongoing reclamation in a half-dozen reefs has now obliterated 1.2 million square meters ??" 310 times the damage wrought on Tubbataha. Mechanical dredgers which cut, crush and compact corals have also stirred up sediments to smother adjoining reefs.
This threatens the biological productivity of the West Philippine Sea ??" a spawnin ...