November 28, 2017
Philippine fisheries output declines almost 4% in Q3
The Philippines' total volume of production for fisheries in the third quarter was estimated at 971,000 tonnes, or 3.89% less than in the same quarter last year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The decline was slightly worse than the 3.8% cut recorded in the same period last year.
The PSA said decreases were noted on commercial and municipal fisheries while the aquaculture subsector displayed increment. It added that the species that contributed to the fisheries production decline were roundscad (-3.94%), milkfish (-0.73%) and tilapia (-0.23%).
Fisheries output in the nine months through September decreased nearly 2%.
Commercial fisheries output dropped 14.27% during the reviewed quarter, partly because of the numerous weather disturbances that prevailed in the country during that period.
Municipal fisheries production also declined 0.68% during the quarter. The PSA said weather disturbances and strict implementation of fishery laws slowed down the growth of production, particularly in Western Visayas region.
Harvests from aquaculture in the third quarter were recorded at 456,000 tonnes, a slight increase of 0.32%. Seaweed output grew 18.52% in Tawi-Tawi due to increase in area planted as a result of favorable weather conditions. In Bicol Region, dispersal of seaweed planting materials by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources was reported.
Aquaculture's performance was a turnaround from the 3.67% decline recorded in the third quarter last year.