Q2 2019 Aquaculture Production in ARMM
Aquaculture production in ARMM increased by 1.28 percent
The total production of ARMM for aquaculture increased by 1.28 percent during the second quarter of 2019, that is from 139,950.92 metric tons (MT) in the second quarter of the previous year to 141,747.74 MT. Production in all provinces, except in Basilan, increased during this period. Production in Basilan decreased by 71.64 percent.
Tawi-Tawi recorded the highest production of aquaculture in the region during this period. The province contributed 50.45 percent of the total regional production. This was followed by Sulu with 32.29 percent share.
Seaweeds comprised 98.92 percent of the total aquaculture production
About 98.92 percent of the total aquaculture production in ARMM was composed of seaweeds during the second quarter of 2019. Its production increased by 1.87 percent between the second quarters of 2018 and 2019. Moreover, production of all aquaculture species, except for Milkfish, also increased during this period. Milkfish decreased by 51.99 percent.
Value of production of aquaculture decreased by 2.99 percent
The value of production of aquaculture in ARMM decreased by 2.99 percent in the second quarter of 2019, that is from PhP1,042,767,310.00 in the second quarter of the previous year to PhP1,011,566,660.00. Value of production in all provinces, except in Basilan, also increased. Value of production in Basilan decreased by 96.60 percent.
Tawi-Tawi contributed 40.01 percent of the total aquaculture production of the region during the second quarter of 2019. It was valued at PhP404,757,610.00 which is 0.65 percent higher than the estimate in the previous period. This was followed by the value of production of Maguindanao and Sulu with corresponding percentage shares of 37.11 percent and 22.62 percent.
Seaweed contributed 80.32 percent of the total value of aquaculture production
Seaweed contributed 80.32 percent of the total regional aquaculture production during the second quarter of 2019. Its value increased by 3.05 percent, that is from PhP788,409,450.00 in the previous year to PhP812,440,130.00 in the second quarter of 2019. Moreover, value of production of all aquaculture species also increased, except for Milkfish which decreased by 40.02 percent.
- 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%.