February 15, 2024


Philippines' fisheries production decreased 1.8% in volume last year




The Philippines' fisheries production volume reached 4.26 million metric tonnes in 2023, reflecting a 1.8% annual decline, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.


The latest result was lower than the 4.34 million metric tonnes posted a year earlier. Decreases in production were noted for the commercial, marine municipal fisheries and inland municipal fisheries sub-sectors.


Only the aquaculture sub-sector reported an annual increase in production, the PSA said.


During the current year, the commercial fisheries sector yielded a total of 820,300 metric tonnes, a 4.9% decrease compared to the prior year's output of 862,690 metric tonnes. This sub-sector represented 19.3% of the overall fisheries production in 2023.


Marine municipality fisheries, meanwhile, posted an 881,250 metric tonnes in total output. "This was 7.3% lower than the 2022 level of 950,910 metric tonnes," said PSA. The sub-sector's share of the total fisheries production last year was 20.7%.


On the other hand, inland municipal fisheries produced 174,580 metric tonnes, marking a slight decrease of 0.4% compared to the prior year's output of 175,350 metric tonnes. This sector accounted for 4.1% of the overall fisheries production for the year.


Aquaculture production, meanwhile, increased by 1.5% to 2.38 million metric tonnes compared to the previous year's 2.35 million metric tonnes.


Aquaculture contributed the largest portion, or 56.0%, to the overall fisheries production this year.


Among the 20 monitored species, PSA said that 14 recorded an annual drop in production. These were primarily noted in fimbriated sardines with a 33.5% drop, bigeye tuna which fell by 25.1%, threadfin bream by 21.2%, tiger prawn by 19.4%, skipjack by 18.8%, frigate tuna by 13.3% and milkfish with 8.9%.


On the other hand, increases in production were mainly reported in Indian mackerel with a 17.6% rise in production, round scad up by 11.2%, big-eyed scad by 6.8%, yellowfin tuna by 6.6%, seaweed by 5.3% and tilapia by 1.3%.


- The Manila Times

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