FISH production in Northern Mindanao has reached 44,432 metric tons (MT) during the second quarter this year, registering a five percent increase from the same period last year.

Data from the regional National Economic Development Authority (Neda) showed that aquaculture fishing stood highest among all the fishing methods with 16,567.09 MT, an increase of 13.61 percent compared to the same period last year with 14,582.49 MT.

Aquaculture, which accounted for 38 percent of the total production, had a notable 17 and 14 percent increases posted by seaweeds and marine fish cages, respectively, which was attributed to the use of good-quality seaweed-planting materials, expansion of harvest area in Misamis provinces and Camiguin, and the installation of milkfish cages in Lanao del Norte.

Next in rank was commercial fishing with 16,059.68 MT.

However, such figure was a 1.77 percent decrease from 16,348.73 in last year’s production as lesser fishing trips were noted in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

Moreover, no transient boats unloaded in the municipality of Plaridel, Misamis Occidental.

Municipal fishing, on the other hand, showed better performance of 4.43 percent from 11,304.40 MT to 11,805.71 MT. This could be attributed to the additional 20 fishing boats in Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte as well as the establishment of more fish sanctuaries and various enhancements of the local government unit’s fishery projects.

Other fishing methods like brackishwater, marine fishcage and seaweeds production posted an increase of 4.2, 13.50 and 16.78 increases, respectively.

Freshwater production, on the other hand, went down by 5.80 percent during the period.

article by Loui S. Maliza of SSC

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