Q2 2019 Fisheries Production in ARMM
Fisheries production in ARMM increased by 1.50 percent in Q2 2019
The total production of fisheries in ARMM increased by 1.50 percent in the second quarter of 2019, or to a total of 200,053.93 metric tons (MT) from the 197,089.88 MT production in the same quarter of the previous year. Production in Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi increased by 1.74 percent, 0.68 percent and 3.53 percent, respectively. On the other hand, Basilan and Lanao del Sur posted corresponding negative growth rates of 15.20 percent and 2.14 percent.
Most of the fisheries products in ARMM were produced in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu which contributed 42.44 percent and 37.4 percent to the total regional estimate in Q2 2019, respectively. Maguindanao and Basilan produced the corresponding portions of 15.64 percent and 2.51 percent of the total regional production, while the remaining 1.66 percent was produced by Lanao del Sur.
Seaweed comprised 70.09 percent of the total fisheries production in ARMM
About 70.09 percent of the total fisheries production in ARMM in Q2 2019 was comprised of Seaweeds with a total production of 140,222.86 MT during this period. This is 1.87 percent higher than the production in the previous period. Figure 3 shows the top 10 species of fisheries in ARMM in terms of volume of production. In Q2 2019, these species comprised 91.53 percent of the total regional estimate.
Half of the seaweed in ARMM was produced in Tawi-Tawi
Half or 51.00 percent of the total Seaweed production in ARMM in the second quarter of 2019 was produced in Tawi-Tawi. Sulu, Maguindanao and Basilan contributed only 32.64 percent, 16.14 percent and 0.22 percent of this production; while there was no production of seaweed in Lanao del Sur.
As mentioned earlier, Seaweed production increased by 1.87 percent. Production in all producing provinces, except Basilan, also increased during this period. Tawi-Tawi posted the highest growth rate of 3.14 percent, followed by Maguindanao and Sulu with corresponding growth rates of 1.41 percent and 0.20 percent. On the other hand, seaweed production in Basilan declined by 2.76 percent in Q2 2019 as compared with the production in Q2 2018.
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%.