March 28, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – Fishery production in Eastern Visayas decreased by 2.9% from 140,275 metric tons (MT) in 2016 to 136,141 MT in 2017.
All provinces registered decreases in fishery production, except Leyte, the only province that recorded a significant increase of 24.8%, from 37,163 MT in 2016 to 46,361 MT in 2017. Southern Leyte recorded the highest decrease by 20.0%, from 7,006 MT in 2016 to 5,605 MT in 2017.
Among provinces, Leyte produced the highest volume of fisheries at 46,361 MT which comprised 34.1% of the total fishery production in the region. Samar ranked second with 35,809 MT which accounted for 26.3% of the region’s total fishery production. Southern Leyte, meanwhile registered the lowest volume of production with 4.1% share or 5,605 MT.
By subsector, volume of production in Commercial Fishing went down by 43.1%, from 24,613 MT in 2016 to 13,995 MT in 2017. All provinces registered decreases with Leyte recording the largest drop in volume of production at 69.3%.
Volume of production in Municipal Fishing (marine and inland) also registered a decrease of 5.2%, from 83,443 MT in 2016 to 79,107 MT in 2017. All provinces registered decreases except for Biliran and Leyte which posted an increase of 10.6% and 1.2%, respectively. Samar registered the highest decrease in volume of production at 8.8%.
On the other hand, volume of production in Aquaculture went up by 33.6%, from 32,219 MT in 2016 to 43,039 in 2017. Increases registered in Southern Leyte (68.8%), Leyte (58.1%), and Eastern Samar (31.7%) offset the decreases recorded in Biliran (97.2%), Samar (14.0%), and Northern Samar (10.8%).
Almost three-fifths or 58.1% (79,107 MT) of the total fishery production in the region were from Municipal Fishing. Aquaculture contributed 31.6% (43,039 MT), while Commercial Fishing accounted for 10.3% (13,995 MT).
Volume of Fishery Production by sub-sector and province, Region VIII: 2016-2017