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Davao's First Mother of Pearl Hatchery: In the making

By: Antolin E. Bongcawel, Jr., PhD

The Mother of Pearl Hatchery Technical Working Group (MOP-TWG) composed of Dr. Antolin E. Bongcawel, Jr.,  Engr. Kerwin Matthew M. Teh, and Kimberly A. Cuberos conducted a farm study at the Hikari SSP Pearl Farm and KrisJewels Pearl Farm, Palawan last April 16-23, 2019. The farm visit was made purposely to acquire technical acumen of the  pearl farm hatchery operation, cultivation of spats (juvenile oyster shells), and grow-out farming for inoculated shells to produce world class pearls that meet the increasing demand of the world market.

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Dead or Alive: Prohibition against possession of “Taklobos”

By: Joanna Karla P. Guilonsod

News of giant pearls surfaced during the previous years brought about by segment features in various known local television shows. These said wonders appear to be associated or derived from giant clams – polished and cleaned, resulting to an appearance of that of a giant pearl.

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BFAR sets 3-month fishing ban in southern Mindanao

Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:19 AM June 06, 2018

DAVAO CITY — Mackerel, scad and trevally are now off limits to more than 40,000 fishermen in southern Mindanao following the suspension of commercial fishing at the 308,000-hectare Davao Gulf from June 1 to Aug. 31.

BFAR 11 distributes 3.9-M tilapia fingerlings

Friday, May 11, 2018, Sun Star Davao

AS of April this year, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Davao Region had already distributed 3.9 million tilapia fingerlings to the fisherfolk and the provincial government units in the region.

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Press Release
BFAR XI Awards Cash to 578 Bantay Laot Program Fisherfolk


A total of 578 registered fisherfolk from 23 barangays in Davao City under the Bantay-Laot
Program will receive cash incentives amounting from Php1,000.00 to Php2,000.00 on the
turnover ceremony of Bantay Laot Program at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
(BFAR) XI Regional Office, Davao City this June 23, 2017.

Expanding Davao Region's agriculture, fisheries sector

Monday, July 17, 2017, Sun Star Davao

DAVAO Region is generally an agriculture-based economy but the region's agriculture sector has been growing slowly in the past couple of years.

No illegal fishing in 1st month of closed season

Monday, July 03, 2017, Sun Star Davao

NO ILLEGAL fishing was recorded in the first month of the implementation of this year’s closed season for the Conservation of Small Pelagic Fishes in Davao Gulf, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Davao Region.

Filipino fisherman returns home after 63 days stranded at sea

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, UNTV News

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has awarded a new fishing boat to fisherman Gino Jorolan. Jorolan is the fishermen from Davao Oriental who was stranded at sea for 63 days..