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Fish Production Up and Aquaculture Hits the Top Slot

PHILIPPINES - Arlene B. Patanosas, Regional Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, region 10 (BFAR-10) reports total fish production of 35,123 tonnes for Northern Mindanao, during the second quarter, this year.

Aquaculture production registered the highest increase of 28.15 per cent, from 10,726.92 tonnes . to 13,746.78 tonnes driven mainly by the notable recovery in seaweeds which also increased by 29.5 per cent as more fisher folk were encouraged to expand production areas with propagules support from BFAR and the local government units (LGU's).

On the other hand, brackish water production increased by 22.6 per cent, from 2,070.70 tonnes to 2,539.54 tonnes propped by the use of good quality fingerlings/larva for Bangus and prawn, intensive feeding and the introduction of new species, "Vannamae" in the provinces of Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte.

"All the fishery sectors have posted increases in performance, this was actually 14 per cent higher compared to 30,836 tonnes of fish production in the same period of 2006," she said. "Outputs from marine fish cages also increased from 1.3 tonnes to 15.4 tonnes as more areas were devoted to the culture of marine Bangus," she said.

Municipal production went up by 8.60 per cent, from 8,524 tonnes to 9,257 tonnes as a result of good weather conditions and the fingerling dispersal in inland waters by BFAR.

Commercial fish production also increased, by 4.61 per cent to 12,119.14 tonnes This was mainly due to the abundant catch of migratory species and unloading by transient vessels from other provinces.