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Fisheries production in Cagayan Valley hits record high

Tuguegarao City (26 January) -- Fisheries production in Cagayan Valley has registered a total of 63,466 metric tons in 2009, an increase of 3.5% as compared to 61,320 MT in the previous year.

Data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) showed that the impressive growth in aquaculture is led mainly by tilapia commodity which accounted for 74% of total production in the subsector. Adding its 45% contribution in municipal inland, tilapia accounts for more than one-fourth of total fisheries production in Region 02 for 2009.

Cagayan province is recorded as the top producer accounting for 80.8% of total production, followed by Isabela with 13.4% and the rest shared by Batanes, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.

The 2009 growth is mainly attributed to the increase in municipal production as some operators from the commercial subsector have shifted to municipal fishing due to higher cost of operation of fishing in the high seas. Aquaculture experienced a downtrend due to the successive typhoons in the latter part of the year.

The municipal sub-sector accounts for 51% of the total production, followed by commercial with 26% and rest accounted under aquaculture.

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

Same BAS report indicated an annual average growth rate 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 municipal at 6.81%. The commercial subsector is near steady with 1.2% average annual growth since 2001.

Region 02 has contributed 1.27% to the national fisheries production of 5,015,997 metric tons for 2009. (PIA 2) [top]

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