ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 August) – Commercial fisheries production in the Zamboanga Peninsula for the first quarter of this year has registered a 34.29-percent decrease compared to production during the same quarter last year.
Data gathered by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) regional office showed that commercial fishermen produced 41,597.92 metric tons (MT) of fish catch or 21,709.77 MT lower than last year’s record.
Municipal fishermen were not as affected as the decrease was only 7.49 percent.
Commercial fishing contributed about 24.1 percent to the total fisheries production in the region.
Three areas in Zamboanga Peninsula have registered production shortfalls – the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga City.
Aside from the two provinces and Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Peninsula includes the province of Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela and Pagadian.
NSCB Zamboanga Peninsula head Mewchun Pamaran said the decrease in production was largely attributed to the lesser number of fishing activities and number of unloading due to weather disturbances that prevailed during the first quarter of this year.
Municipal fisheries produced a total of 33,840.45 MT during the first quarter of 2011 or 2,738.68 MT lesser than that of the same period in 2010.
Municipal fisheries accounted for 19.6 percent of the total fisheries production.
Aquaculture production was estimated at 97,227.94 metric tons and exhibited an upward trend production by 10,459.75 metric tons or 12.05 percent during the first quarter this year compared to the same period last year.
Aquaculture accounted for about 56.3 percent of the total fisheries production in the first quarter of 2011 in the region, NSCB data revealed. (MindaNews)