PH records slightly higher fisheries production in Q2
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country’s total volume of fisheries production during the second quarter of 2019 reached 1.1 million metric tons (MT), which represents an annual growth of 0.4 percent from its level in the same quarter of 2018.
To be specific, 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.
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 percent), roundscad (10.7 percent), tiger prawn (4.6 percent) and tilapia (0.6 percent). The estimated volume of production from commercial fisheries was 280.81 thousand MT, which indicates a decline of 2.4 percent compared with its previous year’s level of 287.68 thousand MT. The subsector comprised of 24.6 percent of the total fisheries output.
Meanwhile, production from municipal fisheries for the period was estimated at 309.86 thousand MT, an increase of 4.3 percent from its level in the same period a year ago of 297.05 thousand 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 548.39 thousand MT. It was 0.3 percent lower than the output during the same period of previous year of 550.01 thousand metric tons. The subsector contributed the biggest share of 48.1 percent to the total fisheries production in the second quarter of 2019.