Fisheries Situation Report, April to June 2021
The volume of fisheries production during the second quarter of 2021 reached 1,149.35 thousand metric tons. It went down by -2.4 percent compared with its 1,177.21 thousand metric tons output during the same quarter in 2020. Among the subsectors, commercial and marine municipal fisheries displayed reductions in production while inland and aquaculture reported increments.
Out of the 20 major species, double-digit production reductions were noted in yellowfin tuna (tambakol/ bariles) with -34.9 percent, roundscad (galunggong) with 18.3 percent, threadfin bream (bisugo) with -17.1 percent, frigate tuna (tulingan) with -16.9 percent, fimbriated sardines (tunsoy) with -13.7 percent, and skipjack (gulyasan) with -12.0 percent decline.
On the contrary, double-digit improvements were observed in blue crab (alimasag) with 24.2 percent, tilapia with 14.3 percent, mudcrab (alimango) with 13.4%, and milkfish (bangus) with 12.6 increase.
During the period, commercial fisheries volume of production was recorded at 272.24 thousand metric tons. It was lower by -15.5 percent than the previous year’s same quarter output of 322.23 thousand metric tons. The subsector comprised 23.7 percent of the total fisheries production.
Marine municipal fisheries volume of production during the second quarter of 2021 was registered at 246.14 thousand metric tons from the 255.50 thousand metric tons mark during the same period in 2020. The subsector’s share to total fisheries output was 21.4 percent.
Around 45.49 thousand metric tons was produced from April to June of 2021 from the Inland fisheries subsector. The volume was 39.8 percent higher than its 32.54 thousand metric tons level in the same quarter of 2020. It contributed 4.0 percent to total fisheries production.
During the second quarter of 2021, the volume of harvests from aquaculture farms was 585.48 thousand metric tons while in the same quarter of 2020, it registered 566.94 thousand metric tons. The subsector showed an increment of 3.3 percent. Of all the fisheries subsector, aquaculture constituted the biggest share of 50.9 percent to total fisheries output.