Monday, June 20, 2022
FISHERY PRODUCTION IN EASTERN VISAYAS DECREASES BY -13.71 PERCENT IN THE 1ST QUARTER OF 2022
Eastern Visayas fishery production was recorded at 24,527 metric tons (MT) from 28,424 MT output a year ago, representing an annual downtrend of -13.71 percent. This was brought about by the decreases in the production of commercial and aquaculture fisheries by -5.43 percent and -82.60 percent, respectively. On the other hand, municipal fisheries registered 4.47 percent improvement in production during the period (Figure 1 and Table 1).
In the first quarter of 2022, Eastern Visayas ranked eighth among the regions with low fishery production in the country with 2.52 percent contribution to the country’s total fishery production (Table 1).
SAMAR RECORDS THE HIGHEST VOLUME OF FISH PRODUCTION AT 7,700 MT
Among provinces, Samar recorded the highest volume of fishery production at 7,700 MT, comprising 31.39 percent of the total fishery production in the region. Leyte ranked second at 6,343 MT, accounting for 25.86 percent of the region’s total fishery production. Southern Leyte, meanwhile, had the lowest volume of production at 524 MT, which only comprised 2.14 percent of the total fishery production (Figure 1).
The total volume of production for commercial fishing went down by -5.43 percent, from 4,162 MT in the first quarter of 2021 to 3,936 MT in the same quarter of 2022. The 47.97 percent increase in Leyte and 3.41 percent in Biliran were pulled down by the decreases in Northern Samar (-46.97%), Southern Leyte (-27.64%), Eastern Samar (-27.27%) and Samar (-0.77%). Among provinces, Samar registered the highest volume of production at 2,163 MT, comprising 54.95 percent of the total commercial fishery production in Eastern Visayas. Southern Leyte, meanwhile, registered the lowest volume of production in the first quarter of 2022 at 34 MT, accounting for 0.85 percent only of the total commercial fishery production in the region (Table 2).
Municipal Fisheries production increased by 4.47 percent from 18,799 MT in first quarter of 2021 to 19,640 MT in same quarter of 2022. The highest increase in municipal fisheries production was noted in Northern Samar by 66.80 percent from 2,954 MT in first quarter of 2021 to 4,928 MT in same quarter of 2022. Leyte’s growth in municipal fishing followed at 3.05 percent from 5,276 MT in first quarter of 2021 to 5,437 MT production in the same quarter of 2022. Samar also posted an increase at 1.25 percent with 5,199 MT production in municipal fishing. Significant decreases were noted in Southern Leyte (-60.50%) and Eastern Samar (-19.88%) with production of 487 MT and 2,422 MT respectively (Table 2).
Total harvest from aquaculture went down drastically by -82.60 percent, from 5,463 MT in the first quarter of 2021 dropped to 951 MT in the same quarter of 2022. The sharp decline in production in all provinces, except in Eastern Samar and Northern Samar contributed to this huge down trend. Leyte, which shared more than half (52.56%) of aquaculture production in the region, went down by -58.78 percent. Samar, which contributed 35.60 percent to the regional production, dropped by -91.87 percent. The provinces of Southern Leyte and Biliran posted declines well at -64.89 percent and -40.09 percent, respectively.
The volume of aquaculture production suffered tremendous drop by -82.60 percent, to 951 MT in the first quarter of 2022 from 5,463 MT in the first quarter of 2021. Only marine cage and oyster posted increases. Marine cage production rose by 44.92 percent while oysters’ production in the first quarter of 2022 was more than six folds of its production in the first quarter of 2021.
Sgd. WILMA A. PERANTE