Nile Tilapia ( Oreochromis niloticus )
Common Name: Tilapia
Local Name: Pla pla (Tagalog), Tilapia(Cebuano)
Biodiversity: Marine, Brackish, Freshwater, Introduced
Depth: 0 – 6 meters
Fishing Season: All Year Long
This is one of the larger growing tilapia species that can be caught in Philippines waters. It is a species that reportedly was introduced into the Philippines in 1972 as a food fish which has been released into many bodies of water deliberately or indirectly by these fish escaping from fish pens. These fish are primarily herbivores and can grow over 3kgs in weight. They also do occasionally take other baits such as worms, and even small lures. This 1.2kg fish took a Berkley plastic trout worm that I wacky rigged on a weightless hook. This fish are excellent food fish and are now a common food fish on Luzon. I have come to see though that these fish are not as highly valued by the Visayas probably due to the vast amount to saltwater fish available.