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Oceana study bares alarming decline of sardines in Bicol, Samar due to overfishing

Oceana on Friday urged the government to prioritize and hasten the implementation of the National Sardine Management Plan amid the release of the results of Oceana’s study, “Developing the Sardine Management Plan for Fisheries Management Area 7,” which showed the decline of sardines in Bicol and Samar.  Approved by Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar on May 15, 2020, the National Sardine Management Plan aims to improve … Read more

Post-harvest facilities play significant role in sardine fishery management even amid scarce resources

Post-harvest facilities play a key role in developing and sustaining sardine production in the country, particularly in areas near the sardine-rich waters of Aklan, Mindoro, Batangas and Quezon. A planning workshop led by Oceana with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region IV-A saw the post-harvest facilities, particularly for drying, canning, and bottling as well as ice plants … Read more

The Plan to Save Sardines in the Philippines

The Filipino’s appetite and need for sardines make the humble fish species an important commodity in the market. Sardines account for 15 percent of Philippine marine fisheries, with an average annual production of 333,743 metric tons. Throughout the years, however, this commercial demand has also resulted in rampant overfishing, which in turn caused the decline … Read more