At the dawn of the new decade during the 70s, a new reorganization initiative was introduced. On 20 September 1972, under the Integrated Reorganization Plan, the Philippine Fisheries Commission was reverted to the Bureau of Fisheries. Two years thereafter, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 461 signed on 17 May 1974 which reorganized the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources, the agency was renamed as Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and thus the birth of the acronym “BFAR”. The newly reorganized fisheries bureau during that time was placed under the Ministry of Natural Resources. On the following year, however, after Presidential Decree No. 461 was enacted, the BFAR aligned its operations with Presidential Decree of 1975 otherwise known as P.D. 707 where all fishery legislations had codified into. It ushered in a new era for Philippine fisheries where it encouraged the maximum utilization of the fisheries resources in an integrated manner while putting limits to fishing by reserving the seven kilometer zone to small-scale fisherfolk.