Undocumented fish imports seized in Malabon City

Marje Pelayo   •   December 2, 2020   •   467

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 467 boxes of imported fish of different species were seized from two dealers during a recent market denial operation in Malabon City.

In a report published on Wednesday (December 2), the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) said the illegal packages were seized by the agency’s team of law enforcers and fisheries inspectors in an operation held on Monday (November 30).

The operation is in line with the directives from BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona to intensify efforts against illegal importation.

According to the report, one of the fish dealers was unable to present the necessary importation documents of fish intended for wet markets when asked by authorities.

The required documents include Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Certificate, delivery receipts, and transport clearance, without which is a violation of Sec. 105 or unlawful importation and exportation of fish or fishery species of Republic Act (RA) 8550, as amended by RA 10654 and in relation to FAO 195. 

Meanwhile, the delivery receipt presented by the second dealer does not match the delivery receipt being issued by the alleged importing company, as per verification with the importer.

Notices of Violation for the filing of administrative cases were already issued to the dealers of imported fish. 

The seized items, which include boxes of galunggong, mackerel, squid, yellow tail salmon, and moonfish, are kept in a storage facility under the custody of the apprehending team.

PNP to support PCG, BFAR patrols in West Philippine Sea — Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   May 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police Maritime Group (PNP-MG) has been tapped to assist the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in their ongoing maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea, police chief General Guillermo Eleazar said.

“The PNP, specifically the Maritime Group, is ready to provide assistance and augment personnel from the PCG and BFAR in enforcing maritime laws on the West Philippine Sea and our Exclusive Economic Zone,” Eleazar said in a statement on Thursday.

“Despite our limitations when it comes to resources, we will make sure that it will not discourage and prevent us from asserting and fighting for what is ours,” he added.

The National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday said the PNP-MG will deploy four high-speed tactical watercraft, three police gunboats, and police fast boats to patrol the municipal waters and portions of the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea.

The assets will be deployed to police maritime units mostly in Palawan province.

Personnel of the PNP-MG who will be posted at the Municipality of Kalayaan will depart on May 15.

Eleazar said the PNP continues to consult with the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea, the PCG, and BFAR to determine the PNP-MG’s specific role and participation in maritime patrols.

“Patuloy po ang koordinasyon natin sa mga ahensyang ito dahil sila ang mas nakakaalam ng sitwasyon sa West Philippine Sea,” he said.

18 coastal areas in PH high in red tide toxin — BFAR

Marje Pelayo   •   May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced high toxicity levels in the waters of 18 coastal areas in the Philippines.

The agency said, water samples obtained from these areas were found to be positive for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) or toxic red tide in the latest laboratory results of BFAR and the local government units announced on May 8.

These areas include:

Puerto Princesa Bay, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan;
Coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol;
Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental;
Coastal waters of Calubian in Leyte;
Balite Bay, Mati City in Davao Oriental;
Lianga and Bislig Bays, and coastal waters of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
Coastal waters of Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambatutay and Villareal Bays in Western Samar;
Coastal waters of Leyte, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City in Leyte;
Coastal waters of Biliran Islands;
Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and Acetes (alamang) from the areas are not safe for human consumption.

However, fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs remain safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, the agency said.

BFAR hinikayat ang mangingisdang Pilipino na huwag matakot na mangisda sa West PH Sea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Nanawagan  ang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) sa mga mangingisdang Pilipino na huwag matakot mangisda sa West Philippine Sea.

Ayon kay BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona, dapat maipakita natin sa Tsina na tayo ang nagmamay-ari ng inaangkin nilang teritoryo at dapat lamang na pakinabangan natin ang mga likas na yaman dito.

Tiniyak ng BFAR na pababantayan nila sa mga tauhan ng pamahalaan na nagpapatrolya sa West Philippine Sea ang kaligtasan ng mga mangingisdang Pinoy na magtutungo sa lugar.

“Habang nandoon ang ating mangingisda kailangang bigyan naman natin sila ng pansin at proteksyon in a sense na ang feeling nila at we protect the fishermen, we protect the fishing vessel and we protect the environment,” ayon kay Gongona.

Aniya, malaki rin ang maitutulong sa food security ng bansa ng nasa 324,000 metric tons ng isda na makukuha dito taon-taon.

“Relatively speaking talagang kapag dumami ang supply natin ay bababa ang presyo, supply and demand. Kaya nga ang supply na nanggagaling sa West Philippine Sea ay hindi magkulang” ayon kay Gongona.

Mayaman ang West Philippine Sea sa mga mamahaling isda gaya ng galunggong, sardinas, alumahan, tulingan, makerel, lapu lapu at tuna.

Sa kasalukuyang mayroong 300,000 mangisngisda ang bansa at nasa mahigit 100,000 lamang ang nagtutungo sa West Philippine Sea. Ulat ni Lea Ylagan

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