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Fisheries production grows 0.9pc in the first quarter

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Friday, May 17, 2019, 21:10 (GMT + 9)

The country's fisheries production grew 0.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2019,  compared with the previous year, reaching  1.01 million metric tons. Commercial and municipal fisheries subsectors both displayed positive growth rates while decline in production was noted in aquaculture.

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Of the seven major species, roundscad and skipjack showed improvements in output by 36.2 and 6.5 percent, respectively compared with the same period a year ago.  Other major species exhibited diminished production included yellowfin tuna (13.9%), milkfish (4.7%), tilapia (3.2%), tiger prawn (0.9%) and seaweed (0.7%), reports the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The volume of production from commercial fisheries was estimated at 218,980 metric tons, which grew by 1.2 percent compared with its previous year’s level of 216,320 metric tons.  The subsector comprised 21.6 percent of the total fisheries output.

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Output from municipal fisheries reached 269.46 million metric tons during the quarter, an increase of 5.7 percent from previous year’s production.  Of its total volume, 86.3 percent came from marine municipal fisheries while the rest came from inland fisheries.  Municipal fisheries contributed 26.6 percent to total fisheries.

Harvests from aquaculture farms reached 526.050 metric tons during the period.  The volume was 1.5 percent lower than the previous year’s level of 534.010 metric tons.  The subsector took the largest share of 51.9 percent of total fisheries.


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