During the first quarter of 2021, the total volume of fisheries production was registered at 978.62 thousand metric tons. It decreased by -0.8 percent from the 986.41 thousand metric tons produced during the same period in the previous year. Among the subsectors, commercial and marine municipal fisheries exhibited reductions while inland and aquaculture showed production increments.(Figure 1 and Table 1)
Commercial fisheries volume of production was estimated at 195.67 thousand metric tons in the first quarter of 2021, which was -3.0 percent lower than its previous year’s record of 201.64 thousand metric tons. The subsector comprised 20.0 percent of the total fisheries production. (Figure 2 and Table 1)
During the period, marine municipal fisheries subsector posted a reduction of -0.9 percent. The subsector came up with 220.31 thousand metric tons from its outputof 222.39 thousand metric tons during the same period in the previous year. It covered 22.5 percent of the total fisheries output. (Figure 3 and Table 1)
The volume of production of inland fisheries was recorded at 37.31 thousand metric tons during the quarter. It increased by 0.5 percent compared to its 37.13 thousand metric tons level during the first quarter of 2020. Of the total fisheries production, 3.8 percent was shared by inland fisheries.(Figure 4 and Table 1)
During the first quarter of 2021, the volume of harvests from aquaculture farms reached 525.32 thousand metric tons. It went up by 0.02 percent from 525.24 thousand metric tons in the same quarter of the previous year. Of all the fisheries subsector,aquaculture had the biggest share of 53.7 percent. (Figure 5 and Table 1)
Of the 20 major species, decrements in production were exhibited by 11 speciesand double-digit production declines were noted in fimbriated sardines (tunsoy, -37.5%), threadfin bream (bisugo, -18.7%), yellowfin tuna (tambakol/bariles, -17.6%), and grouper (lapu-lapu, -13.0%).
On the other hand, double-digit improvements were observed in mudcrab (alimango, 20.2%), skipjack (gulyasan, 19.0%), and slipmouth (sapsap, 15.8%). (Table 2)
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