Q1 2019 Value of Fisheries Production in BARMM
Value of fisheries production in BARMM increased by 6.39 percent in Q1 2019
The total value of production of fisheries in BARMM increased by 6.39 percent in the first quarter of 2019, or to a total of PhP4,114,194.08 thousand from the PhP3,867,256.91 thousand in the same quarter of the previous year. Value of production in all provinces, except for Sulu which decreased by 0.44 percent, also increased during this period.
Tawi-Tawi recorded the highest total value of production of fisheries in the region for the first quarter of 2019. The province contributed 33.66 percent of the total regional value. This was followed by Sulu, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan with corresponding percent shares of 28.51 percent, 27.44 percent, 5.63 percent and 4.76 percent.
Seaweed comprised 28.83 percent of the total value of fisheries production in BARMM
About 28.83 percent of the total value of fisheries production in BARMM in Q1 2019 was comprised of Seaweeds with a total of PhP1,186,293.82 thousand during this period. This is 3.94 percent higher than the production in the previous period.
Highest value of Seaweed in BARMM was contributed by Tawi-Tawi
About 59.28 percent of the total value of Seaweed production in BARMM in the first quarter of 2019 was contributed by Tawi-Tawi. Sulu, Maguindanao and Basilan contributed only 25.83 percent, 14.79 percent and 0.10 percent of this of this total value; while there was no production of seaweed in Lanao del Sur.
As mentioned earlier, value of Seaweed production increased by 3.94 percent. Value of Seaweed production in all producing provinces, except for Sulu which decreased by 0.76 percent, also increased during this period.
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 first 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.
Concept/s and Definition:
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%.