The Imported GG, Galunggong

I thought galungong was one of poor man’s source of food – as ulam. Blame the environment where I grew up. My elementary and intermediated school mates often looked down on me whenever I had a pack lunch of fried/pinangat na galungong and rice. I used to hide it to avoid sharp observant eyes.

Is there any high profile restaurant serving galunggong recipe? I have never seen one! GG recipes are served in karenderia and other turo-turo restaurants.

Time to shine. The known poor man’s food is now imported from China – frozen and package in cartons.Imported galunggong are invading the marketplace. According to reports, we imported about 800,000 metric tons of fish in year 2011 alone. Sixty percent of which were galunggong. Imported is 20 pesos cheaper than local catch. Wew – imported but cheaper galunggong!

However, some customers never want imported galunggong. The eyes are turning red and bad smell are noticeable after a short span of time.

According to BFAR, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the permit of galunggong importers are for factory purposes only. They have no right to distribute frozen fish in public markets. They suggested a more strict policy on imports.  A soon goodbye to cheaper GG?


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  • The gallunggong that was plentiful decades ago is practically gone. There are several species of gallunggong but the most popular species called by fishermen as gallunggong lalaki (Decapterus macrosoma)was caught mostly on the Northern Palawan Insular Shelf comprising of the Cuyo Is. Group and the Calamianes Islands .The catches declined drastically in the decade of the 90’s and is now caught in much diminished quantities so much so there are very few fishing vessels left t fishing the area. This fishing ground supplied most of the gallunggong lalaki in the Metro Manila markets in the 60’s to the 80’s. The fishing fleets that used to fish the area have mostly shifted their operations to the Jolo shelf and around the Zamboanga Peninsula concentrating on catching sardines particularly the tamban that end up in the canneries of Zamboanga…
    In the late 90’s with the increase of vessels catching tuna in deeper waters another species of gallunggong that are much bigger in size but similar in shape to gallunggong lalaki appeared in the wet markets and is commonly called gallungong balsa.This species is caught as a by catch with tuna in FADs called payaos set in deeper waters…

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