Fisheries Situationer, July - September 2016

July 2016 to September 2016


During the third quarter of 2016, total fishery production displayed a down trend of 3.77 percent compared with the same period of the previous year. This may be attributed to the decreased in production for municipal fisheries (-9.39%) and aquaculture (-3.68%). By species, seaweed (-2.57%, carp (-0.92%), yellowfin tuna (-0.77%) and roundscad (-0.30%) contributed in the decline of production. 


Commercial fisheries expanded its output by 2.68 percent to 272.72 thousand metric tons during the period from 265.59 thousand metric tons a year ago. More unloadings in General Santos fish port was noted. In Zamboanga Peninsula, abundance of big-eyed scad, crevalle, Indian mackerel and tuna species resulted to more catch. In addition, active safeguarding by Bantay Dagat personnel contributed in the prevention of encroachment of transient fishing vessels.


Municipal fisheries production decreased by 9.39 percent during the third quarter of 2016, registering to 283.73 thousand metric tons from 313.14 thousand metric tons of the same period last year. Of the volume, 85.1 percent came from unloadings in municipal landing centers while the rest were caught from inland bodies of water. Lesser fishing activities were noted in most regions as rough seas brought about by southwest monsoon that prevailed during the period.


Harvests from aquaculture went down by 3.68 percent at 454.5 thousand metric tons from the previous year’s level of 471.84 thousand metric tons. Seaweed production declined in ARMM Zamboanga Peninsula because of high cost of planting materials and low buying price of traders.