Fishery production in Eastern Visayas decreased by 2.9 percent from 140,275 metric tons (MT) in 2016 to 136,141 MT in 2017.
All provinces registered decreases in fishery production, except Leyte, the only province that recorded a significant increase of 24.8 percent, from 37,163 MT in 2016 to 46,361 MT in 2017. Southern Leyte recorded the highest decrease by 20.0 percent, from 7,006 MT in 2016 to 5,605 MT in 2017.
Among provinces, Leyte produced the highest volume of fisheries at 46,361 MT which comprised 34.1 percent of the total fishery production in the region. Samar ranked second with 35,809 MT which accounted for 26.3 percent of the region’s total fishery production. Southern Leyte, meanwhile registered the lowest volume of production with 4.1 percent share or 5,605 MT.
By subsector, volume of production in Commercial Fishing went down by 43.1 percent, from 24,613 MT in 2016 to 13,995 MT in 2017. All provinces registered decreases with Leyte recording the largest drop in volume of production at 69.3 percent.
On the other hand, volume of production in Aquaculture went up by 33.6 percent, from 32,219 MT in 2016 to 43,039 in 2017. Increases registered in Southern Leyte (68.8 percent), Leyte (58.1 percent), and Eastern Samar (31.7 percent) offset the decreases recorded in Biliran (97.2 percent), Samar
(14.0 percent), and Northern Samar (10.8 percent).
Almost three-fifths or 58.1 percent (79,107 MT) of the total fishery production in the region were from Municipal Fishing. Aquaculture contributed 31.6 percent (43,039 MT), while Commercial Fishing accounted for 10.3 percent (13,995 MT).
Table 1. VOLUME OF FISHERY PRODUCTION BY SUBSECTOR AND PROVINCE, REGION VIII: 2016 – 2017