By Antonio L. Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – The Davao Region recorded a fish production of 48,245.89 metric tons (MT) in 2019, a decreased by 7.2-percent compared with 51,983.43 MT recorded in 2018, according to the data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The region’s fish catch last year was the lowest since 2015 when it recorded 59,498.46 MT in production.

Of the total regional fisheries output last year, the production in aquaculture subsector contributed 49.8-percent; municipal fisheries comprised 45-percent, which included marine and inland fisheries; and commercial fisheries production at 5.2-percent.

The commercial fishing reported the biggest decline in production at 28.8-percent, from 3,498.54 MT in 2018 to 2,490.76 MT in 2019.

The biggest chunk of commercial fishing came from Davao City, comprising 50.8-percent; Davao Oriental, 37.0-percent; Davao Occidental, 8.6-percent; and Davao del Sur, 2.6-percent. The PSA said the provinces of Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro have no commercial fishing operations.

It added the region’s commercial species with most volume of production were yellowfin tuna estimated at 910.57 MT; roundscad, 299.28 MT; big-eye tuna, 268.92 MT; frigate tuna, 224.96 MT in 2019.

The municipal fisheries of Davao Region posted 21,704.67 MT, reduced by 6.1-percent from 23,120.86 MT in 2018. Of this total, it said 98.1-percent marine fisheries while the rest inland fisheries.

Of the municipal production of the region, Davao Oriental accounted for 42.1-percent; Davao Occidental, 39.3-percent; Davao del Sur, 9.6-percent; Davao del Norte and Davao de Oro shared 3.8-percent a piece; and Davao City, only 1.5-percent.

The marine municipal production likewise declined, registering a production of 21,455.32 MT 2019 or a decrease of 6.2-percent from 22,876.92 MT in 2018.

Also, the aquaculture declined by 5.2-percent, registering a production of 24,050.46 MT in 2019 from 25,364.03 MT.

The province of Davao del Sur showed substantial contribution in the production of aquaculture at 46.7-percent in aquaculture production; Davao Occidental, 25.3-percent; Davao del Norte, 12.3-percent; Davao City, 8.5-percent; and Davao Oriental, 4.8-percent.