ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/25 February) – Fisheries production in the Zamboanga Peninsula declined by 3.37 percent last year compared to that in 2011.
According to National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), commercial fisheries and municipal fisheries production marked a decrease of 2.30 percent and 4.56 percent, respectively, in 2012 compared to the outputs in 2011.
NSCB regional head Newchun Pamaran, citing data released by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), said that commercial fishermen produced 209,494.12 metric tons in 2012. In 2011 they produced 4,942.33 metric tons.
Pamaran said the total production for municipal fisheries was 123,155.28 metric tons in 2012 or 5,882.59 metric tons less than the previous year’s.
Municipal fisheries accounted for 20.57 percent of the total fisheries production of the region.
Aquaculture production in 2012 was estimated at 266,020.27 metric tons, which is 3.64 percent or 10,062.39 metric tons lower than the previous year’s output.
Aquaculture accounted for 44.44 percent of the total fisheries production in 2012.
Pamaran said the BAS attributed the decrease to the weather condition, peace and order condition, fishing moratorium, and repairs and routine check-ups of fishing boats, among other factors. (MindaNews)