In 2020, the total volume of fisheries production was estimated at 4,403.71 thousand metric tons was reduced by -0.3 percent from the previous year’s record of 4,415.00 thousand metric tons. Volume of production from municipal fisheries and aquaculture recorded decreases while commercial fisheries registered improvement during the year. (Figure 1 and Table 1)
Commercial fisheries’ total output was estimated at 978.17 thousand metric tons in 2020, registering a 5.0 percent improvement from its record of 931.45 thousand metric tons a year ago. The subsector shared 22.2 percent to total fisheries production. (Figure 2 and Table 1)
Municipal fisheries recorded a slowdown in production by -2.1 percent in 2020. During the year, the subsector came up with an output of 1,101.54 thousand metric tons, from 1,125.22 thousand metric tons in 2019. Of this volume of production, 86.4 percent came from unloadings from marine municipal landing centers while the rest were caught from inland bodies of water. Municipal fisheries comprised 25.0 percent of the total fisheries production. (Figure 3 and Table 1)
Harvests from aquaculture farms was recorded at 2,324.00 thousand metric tons in 2020. The production was -1.5 percent less than the 2,358.33 thousand metric tons produced a year ago. The subsector contributed 52.8 percent to the total fisheries production. (Figure 4 and Table 1)
Among the 20 major species, decreases were primarily noted in seaweed (-2.1%), fimbriated sardines (tunsoy, -33.2%), tilapia (-5.2%), slipmouth (sapsap, -14.3%), and indian mackerel (alumahan, -10.8%). (Table 2)
On the other hand, species that displayed production uptrend were led by bali sardinella (tamban, 37.1%), roundscad (galunggong, 7.2%), and milkfish (bangus, 1.9%).
DENNIS S. MAPA, Ph.D.
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General
Previous data reported as Indian oil sardines (Sardinella longiceps) is the Bali sardinella (Sardinella lemuru) as per BFAR Administrative Circular Oder No. 1 Series of 2019 and PSA approved memorandum of Correcting Nomenclature of Indian oil sardines to Bali sardinella dated 03 July 2019