PH records higher fish production in 2018
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country’s total volume of fisheries production in 2018 went up by 0.92 percent to 4.35 million metric tons (MT) from 4.31 million MT, thanks to higher aquaculture yield.
PSA said in its report that of the three subsectors, only aquaculture posted positive growth rate of 2.98 percent in 2018.
Compared with 2017, the major species that showed improvements in production were seaweed (4.45 percent), skipjack (4.33 percent) and tilapia (3.25 percent). However, lesser produce of milkfish (3.90 percent), roundscad (8.15 percent), yellowfin tuna (11.91 percent) and tiger prawn (2.76 percent) were reported during the period.
Meanwhile, the volume of production from commercial fisheries was posted at 941.59 thousand MT, which went down by 0.71 percent compared with its level a year ago of 948.28 thousand MT. The subsector comprised 21.64 percent of the total fisheries output.
Production from municipal fisheries, on the other hand, was estimated at 1.11 million metric tons during the year. It registered a decline of 1.78 percent from previous year’s production of 1.13 million MT. Municipal fisheries contributed 25.41 percent to total fisheries.
At last, aquaculture harvests accumulated 2.30 million metric tons during the period. It posted a 2.98 percent gain from its record a year ago of 2.24 million metric tons. The bulk of total fisheries output came from aquaculture with 52.95 percent share.