In the second quarter of 2010, the volume of fisheries production decreased by 0.55 percent from last year's same quarter output. Production cuts of 6.60 percent for commercial fisheries and 2.77 percent for municipal fisheries were recorded during the reference period. On the other hand, aquaculture production grew by 5.47 percent (Table 1).
Commercial fisheries, fishermen produced 370,071.11 metric tons of fish catch or 26,169.15 metric tons lower than last year's record. Eight (8) regions registered production shortfalls while the other eight (8) regions exhibited upward production trends. The decrease in production was largely attributed to lower volume of fish catch in Sarangani and South Cotabato owing to the limited fishing grounds for tuna caused by the restriction of fishing activities for purse seine in foreign waters such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Some commercial fishing vessels in Gen. Santos City unloaded their catch in Papua New Guinea while those in Iloilo reduced their fishing trips due to high operational costs. South Cotabato shared 96.41 percent to the total commercial production of SOCCSKSARGEN while Iloilo contributed 29.97 percent to the total commercial production of Western Visayas.
Source : Department of Agriculture, BAS 2nd Quarter 2010
Posted By: PhilCTTIS Data Center
29 Sep 2010
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