Fisheries Situation Report, January - March 2018
The total fisheries volume of production was registered at around 1 million metric tons during the first quarter of 2018. It was 3.03 percent lower than its level a year ago. The decline was traced in all the three subsectors namely, commercial, municipal fisheries and aquaculture. Of the major species, downtrends were noted on roundscad (14.40%), yellowfin tuna (11.66%), milkfish (7.38%) and tilapia (5.43%). Siganid and seaweed came out with better output by seven and 0.25 percent, respectively.
A total of 216.2 thousand metric tons was accounted to commercial fisheries which went down by 3.39 percent. The drop was attributed to less fishing trips due to rough seas brought about by weather disturbances such as typhoon and low pressure areas (LPAs) that prevailed in Western Visayas during the period.
Municipal fisheries production of 254.8 thousand metric tons diminished by 6.79 percent. The volume was comprised of 84.38 percent marine fisheries while the remaining was contributed by inland fisheries. Frequent gale warnings related to northeast monsoon (“Amihan”) hampered fishing operations specifically in Visayas regions.
Aquaculture recorded a total of 534 thousand metric tons output. It was 0.98 percent short of the previous year’s mark. Downtrend in CALABARZON was attributed to delayed stocking in freshwater pens in Rizal due to the regulation imposed by Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA). Seaweed farms in Leyte and Antique were affected by ice-ice disease.