Tuna Capital of the Philippines

DCIM100MEDIAGENERAL SANTOS CITY (26 April 2014) – GenSan fishport teems with tuna as City Mayor Ronnel Rivera declares thatGeneral Santos City is still the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. This is in reaction to a World wildlife Foundation report that Occidental Mindoro is the Philippines’ emerging tuna capital because of the region’s significant increase in tuna catch for the past years. In 2011 and 2012, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and WWF reported that Occidental Mindoro has an average of 600,000 kilos of tuna delivered throughout the Philippines and outside the country. Mayor Rivera quickly debunked the assertions saying, “there are a lot of factors to be considered before a place can be considered as the tuna capital. This would include the number of canneries and fishing industries present and the rate of tuna export every year.” Six out of seven canneries in the Philippines are situated in GenSan. The fishing company of RD Group of Companies alone has an annual catch of about 10,000,000 kilos which is roughly about 11,000 tons. (Photo courtesy of COCOY SEXCION for GENSAN CPIO)

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  1. John Heitz says

    Interesting article. Mindoro still has a long way to go before it is a modern tuna fishing area. It does have hand line caught yellow fin tuna for maybe 7 or 8 months of the year. In the lean months the weather is bad there and the migrating tuna moves away. Mindoro has very little of no infrastructure for the tuna industry.

    Gensan still has huge amounts of tuna being landed there on a daily basis however up to 90% of that tuna comes from outside of PH waters. The PH waters of Mindanao are over exploited. The locally caught tuna industry is dying. The large PH purse seine fleets and hand line fleets catch their fish both legally and illegally in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Micronesia, Sollman Islands and international waters. These are the facts the PH government does not want people to know.

    Ask the mayor how many fishing boats they have catching tuna in PH waters. The answer is zero.

    Maybe they should call it “Gensan, the tuna capital of Indonesia”.

  2. victor b alcid says

    Nice article. This email is for John Heitz.
    I need to know how I cud import yellow fin tuna heads (w/o gills), YF tail (w/o fins) and YF tuna eyes landed Toledo OHIO USA kilo pricing pls. tnx victor b

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