The country’s fisheries production has seen two consecutive years of positive growth, with last year’s production of 4.4 metric tons (MT) and has buoyed expectations of a continued trend this year.
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) assistant national director Nestor Domenden said in a virtual presser this week that the total fisheries production of the country in 2019 reached 4,415,001.68 MT.
Of the figure, 53 percent came from aquaculture with 2,358,333.16 MT production; 26 percent from municipal fisheries with 1, 125, 217.47 MT; and 21 percent from commercial fisheries with 931,451.05 MT.
“Sapat ang ating production at may mga palatandaan ng patuloy na pag-unlad. Sa taong 2019, ang buong industriya ng pangisdaan ay nakapagtala ng 4.4 million metric tons,” he said.
Based on the annual fisheries trend, the bureau assured the sufficiency of fish supplies in the country after the consequent positive trend of production in 2018 and 2019
As per record of BFAR, -6.31 percent was recorded in 2016 while -1.00 percent in 2017. In 2018, it increased to 1.04 percent and 1.50 percent in 2019.
“Sapat ang ating supply ng isda sa buong Pilipinas, makikita natin na although bumaba ang ating production nong 2016 at 2017, ngayon naman ay nag-positibo nong taong 2018 at 2019. Sapat tayo ng produksyon ng isda although ang food fish ay 89 percent lamang, malaki ang ating produksyon sa seaweed at shellfishes,” he said.
Seaweeds and shellfishes are some of the most common species developed in aquaculture development including Tilapia, Bangus, and shrimp.
“In general, lahat ng commodities natin na subject for farming ay naglalagay tayo ng various interventions like hatcheries, food development up to processing plants,” he said.
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One of the projects implemented by the bureau is the creation of aquaponics under the Plant, Plant, Plant program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for food security.
“Ito ay hinihikayat ang residents sa urban areas na mabawasan ang kanilang dependence sa public market. At sa pamamagitan ng aquaponics ay makapag-produce sila ng sarili nilang pangangailangan na isda at halaman,” he said.
In an update given, the bureau had distributed 75 million fingerlings to 8, 850 fish farmers and fishpond and cage operators. While 229, 092 kilograms of seaweed propagules for 1,412 seaweed farmers and 241 seaweeds farm implements distributed.
Around 295 members of fisheries associations received 202 techno-demo projects. There were 2, 014 fishing gears distributed to 1,284 municipal fisherfolk.