Manila Seafood Market


 The Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC), the premier fish center of the Philippines and one of the largest in Asia, is the first major fishing port and fish market complex placed under the jurisdiction, control and supervision of the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA). It is a traditional landing place of commercial fishing boats operating in various fishing grounds in the Philippines. The construction of the Port Complex spanned three years from August 1973 to August 1976 through a Php 88 Million loan from the Asean Development Bank (ADB). It supplies fish and other aquatic products to major markets in Metro Manila. 

Salvatore Bulgarella



The fish port is a business center with markets, ice plants and cold storage, fish processing facilities, canneries, shipbuilding and ship repair facilities, restaurants, fuel depot, gasoline stations and other facilities necessary for the fishery sector. Thousands of buyers visit the port daily where an estimated 15 commercial fishing vessels call port and unload a total volume of about 300 tons. Overland vehicles from different provinces also bring in additional volume of 50 tons.

It’s a bit of a shame, really, that fish isn’t, in my opinion, adequately showcased and more readily available in local food stores, but maybe that’s a function of cost and people’s food choices more than anything else. I am a market addict, so a trip to the fish market gets my creative juices flowing thinking I can cook this or that, and obviously wanting to buy more than I should

The vendors are an amiable bunch. I don’t go often enough to have sukis, but my crew that do go several times a month have their favorites. Check out this giant lapu-lapu, face curiously stuck in a clear plastic bag. I wouldn’t know how to cook such a large whole fish properly, but it was a sight to behold.



In Collaborazione con la Fao abbiamo messo appunto un progetto scientifico ed una strategia di mercato, per supportare lo sviluppo delle produzione dell’acquacultura delle regioni di: Manila, Luzon,

Il progetto Acquacutura FIlippine

Aquaculture in the Philippines was initially dominated by milkfish (Chanos chanos). Today, tilapia, after a slow beginning, is the second most important fish cultured in the Philippines.

Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) was introduced in the 1950s, but was not well accepted by consumers. During the 1970s, successful commercialization of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) started. Consumers have shown much greater acceptance of the Nile tilapia.

In the Philippines, the fisheries sector is an important contributor to employment and income, export earnings, and protein sources for the local populace. Aquaculture production has shown a steady increase since the 1950s.

Tilapia Production in the Philippines (Source: FAO)

Tilapia are found in rivers, ponds, and lakes in the Philippines. Pond farming of tilapia began in the Central Luzon ponds in the 1950s. Advances in culture techniques based on research in the Philippines, along with international help, led to rapid production increases. A low-cost sustainable strain of tilapia, referred to as Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) help spur production.

Tilapia production from freshwater ponds increased from approximately 14,000 MT (metric tons) in 1985 to 66,000 MT in 2002. In 2013, tilapia culture raised over 270,000 MT in the Philippines.

According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), most tilapia production in the Philippines comes from freshwater fishponds (53.88 percent) and the remainder from freshwater fish cages (37.85 percent), brackish water fishponds (6.75 percent), freshwater fish pens (1.40 percent), brackish water fish cages (0.06 percent), brackish water fish pens (0.04 percent) and marine fish cages (0.01 percent). The table provides some information on culture systems, location, stocking density, and feeding practices.

Nile Tilapia Super Strains per aiutare le Filippine

La tilapia del Nilo ( Oreochromis niloticus ) è il pesce d’acqua dolce più coltivato nelle Filippine e l’industria della tilapia fornisce un reddito prezioso e una fonte accessibile di proteine ​​animali per la popolazione in crescita, tra cui molti dei 30 milioni di persone che secondo le stime della FAO dipendono dall’agricoltura e dalla pesca per una vita.

Sta per entrare nel suo secondo anno, il progetto intitolato Evaluation of Nile Tilapia Strains for Aquaculture in the Philippines è guidato da WorldFish in collaborazione con il Freshwater Aquaculture Center della Central Luzon State University (FAC-CLSU) e il Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – Centro tecnologico nazionale per la pesca d’acqua dolce con finanziamenti del Bureau of Agricultural Research.

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