Fish delivery in regional ports hits record high | Inquirer Business

Fish delivery in regional ports hits record high

/ 05:16 AM July 09, 2022
General Santos City’s fishport

General Santos City’s fishport, seen here, continues to corner the lion’s share of output for the country’s fishing industry. —PFDA-GENERAL SANTOS FISH PORT COMPLEX FACEBOOK PAGE

The volume of fish unloaded at regional ports in June reached its “highest for the year” after climbing by 19.7 percent, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) said.

Fish unloading for the month reached 58,132.09 metric tons (MT) against 48,563.31 MT during the same month last year, based on the data from the PFDA Modified Integrated Corporate Reporting System.

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The PFDA said the General Santos Fish Port Complex retained its positive streak as it contributed to more than half of the volume with 33,109.02 MT, representing a 30.91 percent increase.

Yet, among the regional fish ports, the monthly unloading volume of the Sual Fish Port posted the largest increment of 242.18 percent to settle at 384.20 MT.

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Likewise, the Lucena Fish Port Complex posted another rise in fish volume after shipping 2,280.69 MT of fish, up by 19.54 percent.

Following months of decline, the Navotas Fish Port Complex’s fish shipment rose by 14.16 percent to 17,605.21 MT.

The Iloilo Fish Port Complex, however, saw a slight decrease in the delivery of fish products at 2,162.93 MT.

The Davao Fish Port Complex continues its operations amid the closed fishing season as it supplied 350.50 MT of fish to its customers.

The ninth closed fishing season in Davao Gulf began last June 1 and will last until August. Conducted annually, this prohibits the catching of certain small pelagic fish species in the area using bagnets, ringnets and fine mesh nets.

“This allows species such as a variety of mackerels (known as karabalyas, hasa-hasa, anduhao, alumahan), roundscad (galunggong, moro-moro or borot), and big eye scad (matangbaka) to regenerate and rehabilitate, helping ensure fish production and food security in the long run,” said the PFDA earlier.

Furthermore, the Bulan Fish Port Complex and the Zamboanga Fish Port Complex incurred a slight dip to end at 1,298.33 MT and 941.22 MT of fish, respectively.

—Jordeene B. Lagare
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