Q2 2019 Marine Municipal Fisheries Production in ARMM
Marine municipal fisheries production in ARMM increased by 2.52 percent
The total production of ARMM for marine municipal fisheries increased by 2.52 percent during the second quarter of 2019, that is from 23,551.90 metric tons (MT) in the second quarter of the previous year to 24,146.14 MT. Production in all provinces, except in Tawi-Tawi, decreased during this period. However, this was offset by the 6.40 percent increase in Tawi-Tawi.
Tawi-Tawi recorded the highest production of marine municipal fisheries in the region during this period. The province contributed 54.27 percent of the total regional production. This was followed by Sulu with 22.10 percent share, while Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan contributed the remaining 11.11 percent, 7.54 percent and 4.98 percent, respectively.
Top 10 species comprised 64.19 percent of the total marine municipal fisheries production
About 64.19 percent of the total marine municipal fisheries production in ARMM was composed of the top 10 species during the second quarter of 2019. Big-eyed scad (Matangbaka) posted the highest level of production in the region during this period. Its production increased by 5.06 percent between the second quarters of 2018 and 2019. This was followed by Yellowfin tuna (Tambakol/Bariles), Roundscad (Galunggong), Frigate tuna (Tulingan) and Indian mackerel (Alumahan).
Value of production of marine municipal fisheries increased by 1.90 percent
The value of production of marine municipal fisheries in ARMM increased by 1.90 percent in the second quarter of 2019, that is from PhP1,329,391,840.00 in the second quarter of the previous year to PhP1,354,625,400.00. Value of production in Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi increased by 2.07 percent, 0.04 percent and 6.26 percent, respectively. On the other hand, value in Basilan decreased by 2.76 percent and Lanao del Sur by 6.74 percent.
Tawi-Tawi contributed 48.77 percent of the total marine municipal fisheries production of the region during the second quarter of 2019. It was valued at PhP660,661,480.00 which is 6.26 percent higher than the estimate in the previous period. This was followed by the value of production of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Basilan with corresponding percentage shares of 17.25 percent, 16.28 percent, 14.18 percent and 3.51 percent.
Top 10 species contributed 63.05 percent of the total value of marine municipal fisheries production
TTop 10 species in terms of total value of marine municipal fisheries production contributed 63.05 percent of the total region estimate during the second quarter of 2019. Yellowfin tuna also posted the highest value of production. It was followed by Big-eyed scad, Frigate tuna, Roundscad and Indian mackerel.
- 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 brackishwater 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.
Concepts and Definition:
Commercial Fishing – the catching of fish with the use of fishing boats with a capacity of more than three (3) 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 fishing areas.
Fishing – the taking of fishery species from their wild state or habitat with or without the use of fishing vessels.
Fishing Boat – type of watercraft, such as motorized/non-motorized banca, sailboat, motorboat, etc., either licensed or not, used for fishing 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.
Landing Center - place where the fish catch and other aquatic products are unloaded and traded.
Seawater – inshore and open waters and inland seas in which the salinity generally exceeds 20%.