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Fisheries production in Philippines declines 3.2 percent in Q1

Christian Fernsby |
Fisheries production in the Philippines declined 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020, according to the data culled by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

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The PSA data showed that fisheries production in January to March 2020 reached 980.73 thousand metric tons, lower by 3.2 percent from its 2019 same quarter production of 1,013.04 thousand metric tons.

"Volume of production declined in all the fisheries subsectors," the PSA said.

The PSA said catch from commercial fisheries went down by 2.2 percent, decreasing from the 217.81 thousand metric tons production in the same period of 2019 to 213.11 thousand metric tons this quarter.

Production from commercial fisheries comprised 21.7 percent of the total fisheries production.

The PSA said municipal fisheries subsector reported a 3.4 percent decrease in production as catch from both marine and inland fishing dropped.

Moreover, the PSA said aquaculture production posted a slowdown of 3.5 percent during the quarter, dropping to 507.56 thousand metric tons compared with its previous year's same quarter level of 526.05 thousand metric tons.

Produce from aquaculture constituted 51.8 percent of the total fisheries production during the reference period.

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