GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Mar 26) – Total fish landing at the country’s biggest fishing port complex in 2012 was up 23.7 per cent, according to data released by the General Santos City office of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority. A total of 139,613.34 metric tons of fish, a majority of them tuna, landed at the...
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – As initial step to arrest declining tuna catches, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Bfar) said Filipino fishing companies will have to agree to a 165,000 metric ton (MT) annual ceiling of tuna catches and eventually a reduction of some of the 300 fish-catching vessels in the country. The figure...
With the price of a sashimi grade tuna at the General Santos City fishing port complex rising above Php420 (US$10) per kilo, more and more Filipinos are becoming strangers to the succulent and mouth-watering yellowfin tuna that their country is famous for. When these tunas eventually end up in posh Japanese restaurants abroad, they command a...
Part two of a three-part special report Taking the risk For tuna fishing boat operator Toto Parilla, taking the risk of being arrested in Indonesian waters is already an accepted fate for him. “Wala. Dili gyud mi mabuhi og dire lang mi mangisda (No. We will not survive if we fish here),” Parilla said. Parilla...
Fishermen unloading tuna from their boats Part one of a three-part special report General Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio and Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez last week issued statements that sounded like death knells to what once were the glory days of the Philippine tuna industry. Two decades of unprecedented boom in production are...
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