Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Juvenile Sphyraena Barracuda

Barracuda at Porter

I believe this is a juvenile sphyraena Barracuda, or Great Barracuda.  There are many of these in the water around Porter and they are quick to inspect and sometimes bite just about anything that is thrown in the water.  They tend to be a bit cautious so it is not uncommon to fish porter all day and have these cud’s chase your lures all day, but stop just before striking.  Sometimes you fish the whole day and only get one fish.  There are some big one here and I have heard of a friend catching one here around 5kgs.

Blackchin Tilapia ( Sarotherodon melanotheron )


Common NameTilapia,

Local NameGloria, Tilapiyang Arroyo (Tagalog),  ?? (Cebuano)


Max Size:  28 cm 

Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater

Depth:  1 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:    none

Recommended Bait/Lures:  Masa (dough bait), Algae, worms

IUCN Red List Status:   Not Evaluated (NE)

This is a species of Tilapia native to Africa that was introduced into the waters of the Philippines by unknown means presumably for use in the aquaculture industry. BFAR denies any knowledge of the species introduction and has classified this fish as a invasive exotic species.  It is a unique tilapia species due to its ability to tolerate high salinity.  It can be found in many places around the Philippines where it has become well established and even a potential threat.  Manila Bay and Bataan are two place where these fish have taken over.  This fish is also present in Cebu City.

The local names of this species; Gloria and Tilapiyang Arroyo, are attributed to a former president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  The Blackchin’s small size is compared to the former presidents petite size, and the black spots on the snout of the fish are compared to a prominent mole on her face.

Gloria can be caught by anglers using bait, which makes them useful for the fishing community. Though they are small in size, often only reaching 4 inches, they can still be utilized as a food fish.  Anglers are encouraged not to release these fish if they catch them and instead to eat them or dispose of them in another way.  Some anglers also use small Gloria for bait for larger fish in both saltwater and freshwater.