fishery production in Eastern Visayas grows by 3.9%
March 7, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY Ė The
fishing industry in Eastern Visayas posted a 3.9% increase in
production during the 4th quarter of 2018. The total fish production
in the region went up to 30,461 metric tons (MT) during the 4th
quarter of 2018 from 29,306MT in the same quarter of 2017.
Eastern Visayas accounted
for 2.5% of the countryís total fishery production during the 4th
quarter of 2018. It ranked sixth among the regions with low fishery
production in the country.
Among provinces, Leyte
produced the highest volume of fisheries at 9,585 MT, comprising
31.5% of the total fishery production in the region. Samar ranked
second at 7,650 MT, accounting for 25.1% of the regionís total
fishery production. Biliran, meanwhile registered 1,227 MT, the
lowest volume of production which shared 4.0% only.
Volume of production in
commercial fishing went up by 6.4%, from 2,672 MT in the 4th quarter
of 2017 to 2,844 MT in the same quarter of 2018. All provinces
registered increases in commercial fishing, except Southern Leyte,
which recorded a decline of 51.6%. Leyte recorded the highest
increase of 74.7%, from 106 MT in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 186
MT in the same quarter of 2018.
Similarly, volume of
production in municipal fishing (marine and inland) registered an
increase of 5.8%, from 18,135 MT in the 4th quarter of 2017 to
19,179 MT in the same of 2018. Among provinces Northern Samar, Samar,
and Southern Leyte registered growths in production of 42.1%, 18.8%,
and 6.8%, respectively. Decreases, meanwhile, were observed in Leyte
(23.7%), Eastern Samar (19.5%), and Biliran (3.5%).
On the other hand, volume
of production in aquaculture showed a slight decline of 0.7%, from
8,499 MT in the 4th quarter of 2017 to 8,437 MT in the same quarter
of 2018. Among provinces Samar, Northern Samar, and Southern Leyte
recorded increases in production at 96.6%, 23.1%, and 16.7%,
respectively. Eastern Samar recorded the largest decrease in
production of 31.2%, from 198 MT in the 4th quarter of 2017 to 136
MT in the 4th quarter of 2018.
Leyte produced the highest
volume of aquaculture at 7,294 MT accounting for 86.5% of the
regionís total aquaculture production.
More than half or 63.0%
(19,179 MT) of the total fishery production in the region were from
municipal fishing. Aquaculture contributed 27.7% (8,437MT), while
Commercial Fishing accounted for 9.3% (2,844 MT)