PHILIPPINES LAquaculture farms and commercial offshore fishing operation output in the Philippines increased by 2.64 per cent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2017, to 1.13 million tonnes.
The commercial fishing and aquaculture subsectors boosted the growth while the municipal fishery output declined, according to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
In its Fisheries Quarterly Performance Report for the three months to June, the PSA said that commercial fishing output grew by 2.27 per cent, to 287,680 tonnes, which was attributed to the highest skipjack tuna landings for canneries located in General Santos.
Aquaculture farm production rose 5.81 per cent over the volume recorded in the same period in 2017, to 550,010 tonnes. The PSA highlighted the growth recorded in the Regions 3 (Central Luzon) and the MIMAROPA region (provinces of Eastern and Western Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), where fingerlings and other stocking material was distributed and there was good weather.
On the other hand, municipal fisheries yields declined by 2.46 per cent, to 295,640 tonnes, due to the fishing effort caused by the weather disturbances that prevailed during the period," the PSA said. 86.40 per cent of the production came from marine fisheries and the rest from continental ones.
On the other hand, other species experienced a slight drop in the second quarter, such as the milkfish (0.34 per cent), tiger prawn (0.05 per cent), round scad (0.32 per cent), and yellowfin tuna (0.06 per cent).