Municipal fisheries production increases up by 2.37 percent

January 18, 2019Special Release Ref No.: 38SR – 2019 – 007


The production of the Municipal Fisheries in Maguindanao, as of the first semester of 2018, increased by 2.37 percent compared to its production in 2017. The production trend was positively attributed by the productions of lapu-lapu, dilis, bigeye tuna, hito, martiniko, alumahan and galunggong; and negatively affected by the productions of sapsap,matangbaka, bangus and tulingan.

The production increased to 14,711.77 metric tons from 14,371.21 metric tons, adding up to 340.56 metric tons to its 2017 production.



1ST SEMESTER, 2017 AND 2018


Municipal fisheries production increases up by 2.37 percent

The province of Maguindanao ranked number two in the production of municipal fisheries among the other provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). This production accounted to 25.30 percent of ARMM’s total production by the end of first semester in 2018.  In the same period, the production increased to 14,711.77 metric tons from 14,371.21 metric tons, which posted a 2.37 percent incease rate. This growth mainly attributed by the productions of lapu-lapu (up by 25.39 percent), dilis (up by 23.78 percent), bigeye tuna (up by 19.38 percent), hito (up by 12.92 percent), martiniko (up by 8.38 percent), alumahan (up by 5.84 percent) and galunggong (up by 4.44 percent). However, this growth was negatively affected by the productions of sapsap (down by 100 percent), matangbaka (down by 10.41 percent), bangus (down by 7.03 percent) and tulingan (down by 6.91 percent).


Table 1. Top Five Species in Municipal Fisheries Production (in metric tons): Maguindanao, 1st semester, 2017-2018
Name of Species 2017 2018
Tilapia 3,885.26 3,982.14
Carp 1,762.70 1,947.00
Milkfish (Bangus) 1,806.78 1,679.70
Mudfish (Dalag) 1,006.22 1,022.26
Roundscad (Galunggong) 541.34 565.38
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Tilapia is the trend in municipal fisheries production

In the first semester of 2018, the production of aquaculture fisheries was estimated at 14,711.77 metric tons, with an increase of 2.37 percent, from 14,371.21 metric tons in 2017.

A review of the top five species in municipal fisheries for first semester 2018 showed a production of 3,982.14 metric tons of tilapia from 3,885.26 metric tons, which posted a 2.49 percent increase, a production of 1,947.00 of carp from 1,762.70 metric tons, which posted an increase of 10.46 percent and a production of 1,679.70 metric tons of milkfish or bangus from 1,806.78 metric tons, which was a 7.03 percent decrease.

The other two species had increase in numbers. The production of mudfish or dalag was estimated at 1,022.26 metric tons in the first semester of 2018 with an increase of 1.59 percent from 1,006.22 metric tons in 2017. The production of Roundscad or galunggong in the first semester of 2018 was estimated at 565.38 metric tons with an increase of 4.44 percent from 541.34 metric tons in 2017.


Maguindanao is the number two most producing province in municipal fisheries

The province of Maguindanao ranked number two in the production of municipal fisheries in ARMM in the first semester of 2018. Looking back to its top five produce, the province ranked number one in tilapia production sharing 94.47 percent to the region’s total. The province was the sole producer of carp, milkfish or bangus in the region. The province also ranked number one in mudfish or dalag production sharing 85.44 percent to the region’s total. In the roundscad or galunggong production, the province ranked number three sharing 13.45 percent to region’s total production.


Table 2. Volume of Aquaculture Fisheries Production, by Species: Maguindanao, 1st semester, 2017-2018
Name of Species 2017 2018
Carp 1,762.70 1,947.00
Catfish (Hito) 471.74 532.71
Climbing perch (Martiniko) 481.12 521.45
Freshwater goby (Biya) 314.18 323.56
Gourami 491.44 501.29
Milkfish (Bangus) 1,806.78 1,679.70
Mudfish (Dalag) 1,006.22 1,022.26
Tilapia 3,885.26 3,982.14
Other inland municipal fishes 93.60 103.17
Freshwater shrimp (Hipon) 39.39 37.33
White shrimp (Hipong Puti) 47.83 45.68
Snail (Suso) 43.33 40.71
Anchovies (Dilis) 257.07 318.20
Big-eyed scad (Matangbaka) 429.11 384.45
Bigeye tuna (Tambakol/ Bariles) 68.62 81.92
Blue crab (Alimasag) 8.54 11.56
Caesio (Dalagang-bukid) 22.84 26.14
Cavalla (Talakitok) 213.44 213.98
Crevalle (Salay-salay) 3.69 4.99
Frigate tuna (Tulingan) 510.05 474.80
Grouper (Lapu-lapu) 88.24 110.64
Hairtail (Espada) 31.13 37.11
Indian mackerel (Alumahan) 315.38 333.80
Indian sardines (Tamban) 231.45 240.82
Indo-pacific mackerel (Hasa-hasa) 44.47 63.28
Roundscad (Galunggong) 541.34 565.38
Siganid (Samaral) 203.17 219.10
Skipjack (Gulyasan) 76.38 78.40
Slipmouth (Sapsap) 138.31 0.00
Snapper (Maya-maya) 35.44 47.84
Spanish mackerel (Tanigue) 21.39 30.87
Squid (Pusit) 78.08 83.00
Threadfin bream (Bisugo) 36.71 44.25
Yellowfin tuna (Tambakol/Bariles) 220.42 230.33
Other marine municipal fishes 352.35 373.91
TOTAL 14,371.21 14,711.77
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority

Municipal fisheries production increases its production in the first semester of 2018

As shown in the Table 2, the total production of the province for municipal fisheries had increase from 14,371.21 metric tons of the first semester of 2017 to 14,711.77 metric tons of the same period of 2018. Of the thirty-five species, all of them increase except seven, namely: bangus, hipon, hipong puti, suso, matangbaka, tulingan and sapsap.




Technical Notes:

  • The Fisheries Production Survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is divided into four (4) major fisheries surveys. These are the Quarterly Commercial Fisheries Survey (QCFS), Quarterly Municipal Fisheries Survey (QMFS), Quarterly Inland Fisheries Survey (QIFS) and Quarterly Aquaculture Survey (QAqS). The commercial and municipal fisheries surveys aim to provide quarterly data on volume and value of fish production by species, by region and by province. The aquaculture surveys are intended to generate quarterly data on volume and value of cultured species by environment, by type of aquafarm, by region and by province.
  • The survey on commercial fisheries production covered 57 provinces and cities. For municipal fisheries and aquaculture surveys 81 provinces and cities were covered.
  • The sampling frames for the surveys of commercial and municipal fisheries were established in 2000 through a nationwide listing of landing centers (LCs). Updating of the lists was conducted over the years. The designed used was a two-stage stratified random sampling with the landing centers as the first-stage sampling units and fishing boats as the second stage sampling units. The landing centers were stratified based on volume of fish unloaded. The province was the domain of the survey. Inland municipal fisheries included fishing in inland waters such as lakes, rivers, dams, marshes, swamps, etc. Household engaged in inland fishing was the unit of enumeration. For aquaculture survey, the lists of brackish water fishponds, freshwater fishponds, freshwater fish pens/fish cages, marine fish pens/ fish cages, oyster/mussel and seaweed farms by province served as the sampling frames.


Aquaculture - fishery operation involving all forms of raising and culturing of fish and other fishery species in marine, brackish and fresh water environment. Examples are fishponds, fish pens, fish cages, mussel, oyster, seaweed farms and hatcheries.

Aquafarm - the farming facilities used in the culture or propagation of aquatic species including fish, mollusk, crustaceans and aquatic plants for purposes of rearing to enhance production.

Brackish water – is a mixture of seawater and freshwater with salinity that varies with the tide. Examples are estuaries, mangroves and mouths of rivers where seawater enters during high tide.

Commercial fishing – is the catching of fish with the use of fishing boats with a capacity of more than three gross tons for trade, business or profit beyond subsistence or sports fishing.

Fisheries - all activities relating to the act or business of fishing, culturing, preserving, processing, marketing, developing, conserving and managing aquatic resources and the fishery areas including the privilege to fish or take aquatic resources thereof (RA 8550).

Fisheries Sector - the sector engaged in the production, growing, harvesting, processing, marketing, developing, conserving and managing of aquatic resources and fishery areas.

Fish Cage - stationary or floating fish enclosure made of synthetic net wire/bamboo screen or other materials set in the form of inverted mosquito net ("happa" type) with or without cover with all sides either tied to poles stacked to the water bottom or with anchored floats for aquaculture purposes.

Fishing Gear - any instrument or device and its accessories utilized in taking fish and other fishery species.

Fishing Grounds - areas in any body of water where fish and other aquatic resources congregate and become target of capture.

Fish Pen - an artificial enclosure constructed within a body of water for culturing fish and fishery/ aquatic resources made up of bamboo poles closely arranged in an enclosure with wooden materials, screen or nylon netting to prevent escape of fish.

Fishpond - a body of water (artificial or natural) where fish and other aquatic products are cultured, raised or cultivated under controlled conditions. This is land-based type of aquafarm. Note that the setting-up of fish cages in ponds does not make the operation of fish cage and at the same time a fishpond.

Freshwater – is water without salt or marine origin, such as generally found in lakes, rivers, canals, dams, reservoirs, paddy fields and swamps.

Landing Center - place where the fish catch and other aquatic products are unloaded and traded.

Inland Municipal Fishing - the catching of fish, crustaceans, mollusks and all other aquatic animals and plants in inland water like lakes, rivers, dams, marshes, etc. using simple gears and fishing boats some of which are non-motorized with a capacity of three gross tons or less; or fishing not requiring the use of fishing boats.

Municipal Fishing - covers fishing operation carried out with or without the use of a boat weighing three gross tons or less.





(Supervising Statistical Specialist)