fishery production in Eastern Visayas grows by 15.7%
August 19, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY Ė The
fishing industry in Eastern Visayasí expanded as the regionís total
fish production went up to 30,907 metric tons (MT) during the first
quarter in 2019 from 26,704 MT in the same quarter in 2018, posting
an increase of 15.7 percent.
In the first quarter of
2019, Eastern Visayas ranked sixth among the regions with low
fishery production in the country with 3.0 percent contribution to
the countryís total fishery production.
Among provinces, Samar
recorded the highest volume of fish production at 13,675 MT,
comprising 44.2 percent of the total fishery production in the
region. Leyte ranked second at 7,520 MT, accounting for 24.3 percent
of the regionís total fish production. Southern Leyte, meanwhile,
had the lowest volume of production at 1,219 MT which shared only
Volume of production in
commercial fishing went up by 44.8 percent, from 3,684 MT in the
first quarter of 2018 to 5,336 MT in the same quarter of 2019. Samar
and Biliran contributed to the increase in the production in
commercial fishing with growths posted at 102.1 percent and 24.8
The rest of the provinces
registered decreases with Southern Leyte posting the biggest decline
of 52.8 percent. Northern Samar, meanwhile, retained its volume of
production in the first quarter of 2018 at 477 MT.
Similarly, the regionís
total volume of production in municipal fishing (marine and inland)
registered an increase of 31.4 percent, from 14,776 MT in the first
quarter of 2018 to 19,416 MT in the same quarter of 2019. All
provinces registered increases in municipal fishing, except Northern
Samar, which recorded a slight decline of 0.5 percent. Leyte
recorded the highest increase of 156.5 percent, from 2,272 MT in the
first quarter of 2018 to 5,829 MT during the first quarter of 2019.
Among provinces, Leyte
posted the highest contribution to the total municipal fishery
(marine and inland) production in the region with 30.0 percent share
or 5,829 MT. Samar ranked second with 5,463 MT accounting for 28.1
percent. Southern Leyte, meanwhile, registered the lowest
contribution with 5.8 percent share or 1,127 MT during the first
quarter of 2019.
Meanwhile, volume of
production in aquaculture recorded a decline of 25.3 percent, from
8,244 MT in the first quarter of 2018 to 6,155 MT in the same period
of 2019. Eastern Samar and Northern Samar exhibited growths in
production with Eastern Samar registering the highest increase of
28.6 percent. The rest of the provinces registered decreases with
Leyte recording the highest decline of 49.2 percent.
More than three fifths or
62.8 percent (19,416 MT) of the total fishery production in the
region were from municipal fishing. Aquaculture contributed 19.9
percent (6,155 MT), while commercial fishing accounted for 17.3
percent (5,336 MT).