FISHERY PRODUCTION IN LEYTE INCREASED BY 36.06 PERCENT IN THE 1ST QUARTER OF 2019

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19R0837-070

Release Date: 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

SPECIAL RELEASE Leyte

 
FISHERY PRODUCTION IN LEYTE INCREASED BY 36.06 PERCENT IN THE 1ST QUARTER OF 2019

Leyte’s total volume of fishery production from January to March 2019 registered at around 7,520 metric tons. The figures are based on the Quarterly Fisheries Survey conducted by Philippine Statistics Authority. The 1st quarter 2019 production of 7,519.88 metric tons was 36.06 percent higher than its level a year ago of 5,526.91 metric tons. Though there was a decrease of production in the Commercial and Aquaculture sub-sectors, with -38.67 percent and -49.19 percent respectively, the increased production of 156.55 percent in the Municipal fishing sub-sector carried the increase of fishery production in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of 2018.

 

Commercial

Leyte’s commercial fishery production in the first quarter of 2019 decreased by 38.67 percent, from 351.09 metric tons in 2018 to 215.33 metric tons in the first quarter of 2019. Commercial fisheries contributed 2.86 percent to the total fish production in the first quarter of 2019.

Compared with the first quarter of 2018, major species that showed improvements in the first quarter of 2019 were Indo-Pacific mackerel (274.57%), Roundscad (67.99%) and Others (8.19%). Species that showed a decline in production in the first quarter of 2019 were Indian Sardines (-31.54%) and Big-eyed Scad (-30.62%).
 
 
Municipal Fisheries
 
First quarter fish production from municipal fisheries was recorded at 5,829 metric tons in 2019, this production is 156.55 percent higher than the production in the same quarter of 2018 that posted a 2,272 metric tons of fish produced. This subsector is composed of 99.99 percent marine municipal fisheries while the rest came from inland fisheries. Municipal fisheries contributed 77.52 percent to the total fish production in Leyte in the first quarter of 2019.
 

Municipal Fisheries (Marine)

Production from marine municipal fisheries was estimated at 5,828.60 metric tons during the first quarter of 2019. An increase of 156.55 percent from the previous year’s production of 2,271.47 metric tons. The significant increase was attributed to an increased catch of Spanish Mackerel (885.18%), Indo Pacific Mackerel (878.81%), Threadfin Bream (507.76%), Grouper (387.24%), Indian Sardines (340.83%), Big-eyed Scad (332.87%), Flying Fish (262.49%), Goat Fish (188.30%), Anchovies (181.96%) and Frigate Tuna (134.33%).

Eight (8) of the thirty-one (31) predominant species in the province have production decrease in the first quarter of 2019, Cavalla (-97.04%), Siganid (-95.15%), Crevalle (- 92.96%), Squid (-88.78%), Indian Mackerel (-80.14%), Blue Crab (- 51.91%), Slipmouth (-25.41%), Roundscad (-97.04%).

 

Municipal Fisheries (Inland)

Production from marine municipal fisheries was estimated at 5,828.60 metric tons during the first quarter of 2019. An increase of 156.55 percent from the previous year’s production of 2,271.47 metric tons. The significant increase was attributed to an increased catch of Spanish

Mackerel (885.18%), Indo Pacific Mackerel (878.81%), Threadfin Bream (507.76%), Grouper (387.24%), Indian Sardines (340.83%), Big-eyed Scad (332.87%), Flying Fish (262.49%), Goat Fish (188.30%), Anchovies (181.96%) and Frigate Tuna (134.33%).

Eight (8) of the thirty-one (31) predominant species in the province have production decrease in the first quarter of 2019, Cavalla (-97.04%), Siganid (-95.15%), Crevalle (- 92.96%), Squid (-88.78%), Indian Mackerel (-80.14%), Blue Crab (- 51.91%), Slipmouth (-25.41%), Roundscad (-97.04%).

 

Municipal Fisheries (Inland)

The first quarter 2019 fish production from inland waters in Leyte exhibited a 14.49 percent decrease in level from 0.69 metric tons in the first quarter of 2018 to 0.59 metric tons in the same period of 2019.

The decrease in production was attributed to the decrease in the catch of Crustaceans during the reference quarter from 0.18 metric tons in 2018 to 0.02 metric tons in 2019

Among the fish species caught Inland in the first quarter of 2019, Tilapia was caught more often and contributed to 26.32 percent or 0.15 metric tons, Mudfish at 22.81 percent or 0.13 metric tons, Eel at 14.04 percent or 0.08 metric tons, Mullet at 10.53 percent or 0.06 metric tons and Mudcrab at 3.39 percent. Production of inland Mud Crabs (Alimango) declined by 71.43 percent, from 0.07 metric tons in the first quarter of 2018 to 0.02 metric tons during the quarter in review.

 

Aquaculture

The aquaculture fishing sub-sector in Leyte for the first quarter of 2019 registered a significant decrease of 49.19 percent from 2,903.66 metric tons in 2018 to 1,475 metric tons in 2019. This was attributed to the 63.38 decrease in seaweeds production from 2,439.71 metric tons in 2018 to 893.46 metric tons in 2019.

Seaweeds production contributed to 60.56 percent of the total production in the aquaculture sub-sector. During the reference quarter, Tilapia produced from Freshwater Fishponds accounted to 34.82 percent or 513.69 metric tons of the total Aquaculture Fishery production. It recorded an increase of 29.03 percent, from 398.11 metric tons in 2018 to 513.69 metric tons in 2019. Milkfish from Brackish Fishponds which accounted to 3.95 percent to the total

aquaculture production also reported an increase in production from 46.70 metric tons in 2018 to 58.30 metric tons in 2019. On the other hand, production of Tiger Prawn in Brackish Fishponds significantly dropped by 99.45 percent during the first quarter of 2019, from 11.00 metric tons in 2018 to 0.06 metric tons in 2019.

 

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