Fisheries Situation Report, January to March 2020

Fisheries

During the first quarter of 2020, fisheries production was recorded at 980.73 thousand metric tons, lower by 3.2 percent from its 2019 same quarter production of 1,013.04 thousand metric tons. Volume of production declined in all the fisheries subsectors. (Figure 1 and Table 1)

Commercial

Catch from commercial fisheries went down by 2.2 percent. From the 217.81 thousand metric tons production in the same period of 2019, it diminished to 213.11 thousand metric tons this quarter. Production from commercial fisheries comprised 21.7 percent of the total fisheries production. (Figure 2 and Table 1)

Municipal

Municipal fisheries subsector reported a 3.4 percent decrease in production as catch from both marine and inland fishing dropped. Municipal fisheries production settled to 260.05 thousand metric tons during the first quarter of 2020, from 269.18 thousand metric tons output a year ago. The subsector production made up 26.5 percent of the total volume of fisheries production. (Figure 3 and Table 1)

Aquaculture

Aquaculture production posted a slowdown of 3.5 percent during the quarter. Volume of production dropped to 507.56 thousand metric tons compared with its previous year’s same quarter level of 526.05 thousand metric tons. Produce from aquaculture constituted 51.8 percent of the total fisheries production during the reference period. (Figure 4 and Table 1)