Articles by Vicky Viray-Mendoza

Giant and Reef Mobula Rays in the Philippines

Prior to June 2017, there were two species classified as genus Manta: Birostris and Alfredi. According to Marine Wildlife Philippines, the new taxonomy now classifies them as genus Mobula (White et al, 2017) as Mobula birostris and Mobula alfredi. Both mobula ray species are found in the Philippines, and are closely related to sharks, skates, and other rays. Collectively, they…


Friend of the Sea Certifies Indonesian PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa Tuna

PT Karyacipta Buanasentosa (PT KCBS), an Indonesian tuna catch and processing company, wholly owned by Yamako Pacific Pte Ltd, has recently obtained the Friend of the Sea certification for Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna. The company complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements and can now display the official seal of approval on its products. All tuna species are fished…


Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Philippines

The Irrawaddy Dolphin belongs to the scientific family Delphinidae (marine dolphin), and Orcaella brevirostris species. Sir Richard Owen first identified the Irrawaddy Dolphin in 1866. It lives in shallow tropical and sub-tropical waters near coasts, and at the mouth of rivers or estuaries, land semi-enclosed lakes, bays, sounds and mangroves in Southeast Asian countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos,…


Friend of the Sea Confirms Freitasmar Tuna

Portuguese seafood canner, Freitasmar, has received Friend of the Sea (FOS) certification for Skipjack and Yellowfin Tuna on January 1, 2017.  Freitasmar, which specializes in the production of canned seafood, can now display the official seal on its products. FOS-certified supplier, Frabelle, a fishing company from the Philippines, fishes all tuna species for Freitasmar. Frabelle uses the Purse Seine fishing…


The Philippine Crocodiles

There are two crocodile species found in the Philippines – the Crocodylus porosus and the Crocodylus mindorensis.  The latter is the specie endemic to and found only in the Philippines. Crocodiles are called “Buwaya” in the Philippines. However, it is used interchangeably to mean either crocodile or alligator. The word “Buwaya” originates from the Proto-Austranesian word “Buqaya.” A. CROCODYLUS POROSUS is…


Korean Register elects a new Chairman CEO

The Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has announced that Mr. Lee Jeong-kie has been elected as its new Chairman and CEO.  Mr Lee was elected at the extraordinary meeting of KR’s general assembly that oversees the running of KR and comprises 86 voting members. He assumes the role of Chairman and CEO, following the death of Mr….


The Whale Shark we call Butanding

Description.  The Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) is a filter-feeding shark, very slow moving, and the largest known fish species in existence.  The largest confirmed Whale Shark had a length of 41.5 ft and a weight of 47,000 lbs according to Gerald L. Wood (1976) in The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats. There are undocumented or unconfirmed claims of…


Friend of the Sea Confirms Swiss Fredag Black Tiger and White Leg Shrimps

Fredag, a Swiss company specializes in distribution of seafood, has recently concluded the Friend of the Sea audit renewal for black tiger and white leg shrimps.  The company complies with all Friend of the Sea requirements and can continue to display the official seal of approval on its products. Fredag is located in Root, Oberfeld 7, Switzerland and has been…


The Disappearing Dugong

The Dugong (Dugongidae) is the only strictly herbivorous marine mammal. It is one of four living species of the order Sirenia, which also includes three species of manatees. The Dugong is the only living mammal of the once-diverse family Dugongidae. Its closest relative, the Steller’s sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas), was hunted to extinction in the 18th century. Dugongs and other…


Friend of the Sea confirms Kimagro’s Levantina Seabass and Seabream

Kimagro Fishfarming Ltd, a producer of Mediterranean seabass and Mediterranean seabream based in the New Port of Limassol, Cyprus, has recently concluded Friend of the Sea (FOS) renewal audit for both species, and can proudly continue to display the FOS international sustainability seal of approval on its products.  “This certification renewal is a confirmation of the sustainable origin and high…


Damen Guided-Missile Frigates for the Indonesian Navy

The first of two SIGMA Class 10514 Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided-missile frigates to be built for the Indonesian Navy successfully completed its sea trials last September.  The assessment phase began with seven days of basin trials to ensure that the propulsion and safety systems were fully operational before the vessel made the challenging passage from the PT PAL (Persero)…


The Maritime League at 25

The Maritime League, the Philippine maritime foundation, was established in 1991 to address the need for an organization which will help spur progress in the maritime profession and advance the interest of the maritime industry. How did it start? I asked its Founding Chairman and President, Commo Carlos L Agustin, and this is what he said: “It was ‘spawned’ at…


Climate Change in the Philippines and 9 selected Asian Countries

Climate Change is the long-term change in the earth’s global or regional climate patterns that began particularly in the mid to late 20th century and onwards.  Research attributes climate change largely to the increasing levels in the average atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil-based fuels by humans. It takes place in small gradual changes in temperature that…


Friend of the Sea confirms Philippines’ Frabelle Tuna

The Philippine fishing company, Frabelle Fishing Corporation, has recently concluded the Friend of the Sea (FOS) certification renewal audit. Yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye, and bullet tuna products from Frabelle can continue to display the FOS official seal of approval. Fishing Method.  The tuna is caught through the purse seine method by the company’s certified vessels in the Western Central part of…


FerrySafe, FerryFast, FerryConvenient FastCat

The Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation (APFC) is a ferry company based in Muntinlupa, Philippines. It also operates a FastCat line of catamaran ferries, which is the first in the Philippines. APFC’s slogan is FerrySafe, FerryFast, FerryConvenient. APFC’s mission is to connect the Philippine islands and neighbouring countries by providing safe, fast and convenient ferry transport system for passengers and cargo,…



The Humboldt Squid and Seatec Chile

The Humboldt is a large predatory squid living in the waters of the Humboldt Current in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. It is commonly called jumbo squid, jumbo flying, pota, or diablo rojo. The Humboldt Squid (specie Dosidicus gigas) is among the largest of squids, with a length exceeding 6 ft. and mass weight of up to 100 lbs. It has…


Alusafe 1500 MPV

The Port Authority of Aalesund’s New “Swiss Army Knife”

In early April, Alusafe 1500 MPV, a well-equipped workboat was delivered from Maritime Partner AS. It is the Port Authority of Aalesund’s new workboat, a virtual “Swiss army knife” multi-purpose vessel, named Skansen. The newly developed MPV will carry out an array of assignments along the coast, in the harbour, and along the quay fronts of the Norway’s Aalesund-Sunnmøre region….