FISHERIES SITUATION REPORT, April to June 2019
Fish production barely grows in the second quarter
Monday, August 19, 2019, 00:00 (GMT + 9)
The total volume of fisheries production during the second quarter of 2019 reached 1.1 million metric tons, which represents an annual growth of 0.4 percent from its level in the same quarter of 2018, reported the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
Across the three subsectors, production from commercial fisheries and aquaculture showed decreases of 2.4 and 0.3 percent, respectively. Municipal fisheries production, on the other hand, exhibited an increase of 4.3 percent.
In its latest Fisheries Situation Report, the PSA said that of the seven major species, skipjack, seaweed and milkfish showed contractions in production compared with their levels in the same period of previous year by 5.6 percent, 2.9 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively. Nevertheless, the other four major species exhibited production growth, namely, yellowfin tuna (33.4%), roundscad (10.7%), tiger prawn (4.6%) and tilapia (0.6%).
The PSA estimated that of production from commercial fisheries reached 280,810 metric tons, which indicates a decline of 2.4 percent compared with its previous year’s level of 287,680 metric tons. The subsector comprised of 24.6 percent of the total fisheries output.
Production from municipal fisheries for the period was estimated at 309,860 metric tons, an increase of 4.3 percent from its level in the same period a year ago of 297,050 metric tons. Of its total production, 87.2 percent came from marine municipal fisheries while the rest were from inland fisheries. Municipal fisheries contributed 27.2 percent to the total fisheries production.
During the second quarter of 2019, total aquaculture production was estimated at 548,390 metric tons. It was 0.3 percent lower than the output during the same period of previous year of 550,010 metric tons. The subsector contributed the biggest share of 48.1 percent to the total fisheries production in the second quarter of 2019.