Fisheries output increased 2.2 percent in 2022 to 4.33 million metric tons from 4.248 million MT in 2021 on improved performance of aquaculture and municipal fisheries.
The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that the output of commercial fisheries in 2022 slightly dropped 0.2 percent to 8.6 million MT in 2022 from 8.7 million MT in 2021. Production of inland municipal fisheries also declined 14.7 percent to 175,350 MT from 205,540 MT.
The aquaculture subsector posted a 4.6-percent growth to 2.3 million MT from 2.24 million MT in 2021. The subsector constituted the biggest share of 54.1 percent to the total fisheries production.
The PSA noted increases in seaweed production by 15 percent, skipjack by 5.6 percent, yellowfin tuna by 14.1 percent and squid by 22.9 percent.
It said production of milkfish decreased by 12.6 percent, bali sardinella by 12.3 percent and tilapia by 10.6 percent. Othel V. Campos