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Cagayan Valley posts 3.5% increase in fish production

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (January 26) -- A 3.5 percent growth on the fisheries production in Cagayan Valley region has been noted by Bureau of Agricultural Statistics(BAS) in 2009 boosting the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources(BFAR) target of 10 percent incremental production for 2010.

Preliminary data from the BAS showed that the region produced 63,466 metric tons in 2009 compared to only 61,320 metric tons in 2008.

Out of the latest production figure, the municipal sub-sector accounted for 51%, followed by commercial with 26% and the remaining figure covers the aquaculture subsector.

Cagayan province bested other provinces in the region as the top fisheries producer with 80.8% of total production, followed by Isabela province with 13.4% while the provines of Batanes, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino shared the remaining figure.

The BAS report also bared an Annual Average Growth Rate(AAGR) of 6.43% since 2001. The expansion in production per percentage increase since 2001 is led by the aquaculture subsector with AAGR of 14.5%, followed by the municipal subsector at 6.81%. The commercial subsector fared steadily at 1.2% AAGR since 2001.

According to the BAS report, the impressive growth in aquaculture was made by the tilapia commodity which generated 74% of total production in the subsector. With its 45% share in municipal inland fisheries, tilapia raked one-fourth of the total fisheries production in Region 02 for 2009.

Fish sufficiency on the other hand, stands at 61% with average percentage increase of 2.88 since 2001. The provinces of Cagayan and Batanes have exceeded their per capita requirement for fish with sufficiency level of 140% and 159% respectively while Isabela province is only 18% fish sufficient followed by the provinces of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya with 16% and 14% sufficiency rates respectively.

The report added that the 2009 fisheries production growth was triggered by the increase in municipal production since some fishery operators from the commercial subsector had shifted to municipal fishing due to expensive cost of fishing operations in the high seas.

Aquaculture experienced a downtrend phase due to the successive typhoons that struck the region in the latter part of the year.

Region 02 contributes 1.27% to the national fisheries production of 5,015,997 metric tons for 2009.

Commercial fishing is defined as the taking of fishery species by passive or active gear for trade, business or profit beyond subsistence or sports fishing utilizing fishing boats at 3.1 gross tons and above and beyond municipal waters.

Municipal fisheries on the other hand refers to fishing within municipal waters using fishing vessels at 3 gross tons or less or fishing not requiring use of fishing vessels. Municipal waters include inland bodies of water and marine area that is within 15 kilometers from the general coastline.

Aquaculture on the other hand is a fishery operation involving the breeding and farming of fish and other fishery species in fresh, marine or brackishwater areas. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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