MANILA – Total fisheries production managed to grow by 1.5 percent to 4.4 million metric tons (MT) in 2019, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported on Thursday.

During a virtual press briefing, BFAR national assistant director Nestor Domenden said of this number, aquaculture’s output reached 2.35 MT or about 53 percent of the total share; municipal fisheries contributed 1.1 MT or 26 percent, and commercial fisheries posted 931,451 MT or 21 percent.

“Malugod naming ibinabalita sa inyo na sapat ang ating produksyon. May mga palatandaan na patuloy na pag-unlad. Kamakailan lang po, sa taong 2019, ang industriyang palaisdaan ay nakapagtala ng 4.4 million metric tons (We are happy to report that our production is enough. There are signs that point to continuous growth. Just recently, in 2019, the fisheries industry has posted 4.4 million metric tons [of production),” Domenden said.

Domenden assured that the country is 89 percent food fish sufficient. “Sapat po ang ating supply ng isda sa buong Pilipinas (We have a sufficient supply of fish in the Philippines).

He noted that the agency has been introducing development efforts in the industry, such as the National Sardine Management Plan and the fisheries management areas across the country.

As for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) response, Domenden said the agency distributed a total of 75 million fingerlings to 8,850 fish farmers or fishpond and cage operators.

A total of 229,092 kilograms of seaweed propagules were provided for 1,412 seaweed farmers.

Around 202 techno-demo projects were delivered to 295 members of fisheries associations, while 2,014 fishing gears were distributed among 1,284 municipal fisherfolk.

The agency is also working on the development of five aquaculture potentials — tilapia, bangus, shellfish, shrimp, and seaweeds. (PNA)

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