This special release contains information on the 2020 situation by major species of the four fisheries subsectors in Ilocos Sur, namely: commercial, marine municipal, inland municipal, and aquaculture.
Fisheries Production increases by 4.1 percent in 2020
The total volume of fisheries production in Ilocos Sur increased by 4.1 percent in 2020. It was estimated at 6,974.8 metric tons from its previous year’s output of 6,697.7 metric tons.
Among the four subsectors, marine municipal, inland municipal, and aquaculture recorded increases in production while commercial fisheries exhibited a decline during the year.
Similarly, Ilocos Region posted an increase of 5.9 percent in the total volume of fisheries production from 169,668.7 metric tons in 2019 to 179,683.4 metric tons in 2020.
In terms of the share of the subsectors to the total fisheries production in Ilocos Sur, marine municipal contributed the biggest share of 64.0 percent, followed by aquaculture with 15.9 percent share, and inland municipal with 15.3 percent share. The least contributor was recorded by commercial fisheries with 4.8 percent share to the total fisheries production of the province.
Commercial fisheries production was estimated at 336.1 metric tons in 2020. It registered a 2.8 percent decline from 345.6 metric tons in 2019.
All species registered decrements in production in 2020. These species include frigate tuna or tulingan (8.0%), round scad or galunggong (5.6%), skipjack or gulyasan (0.1%), yellowfin tuna or tambakol/bariles (10.3%), and others (20.4%).
Municipal fisheries cover inland and marine. The total municipal fisheries production in Ilocos Sur went up by 4.6 percent in 2020. It was posted at 5,530.1 metric tons, higher than its output in 2019 at 5,289.1 metric tons. (Table 1)
Among the fisheries subsectors, marine municipal contributed the biggest share to the total fisheries production in the province in 2020 with an output of 4,461.9 metric tons. This output was higher by 0.2 percent from the 4,451.5 metric tons production in 2019.
The dominant catches with their share to the total marine municipal fisheries production in the province were round scad or galunggong (1,045.2 metric tons or 23.4%), yellowfin tuna or tambakol/bariles (593.1 metric tons or 13.3%), squid or pusit (474.8 metric tons or 10.6%), anchovies or dilis (212.1 metric tons or 4.8%), and skipjack or gulyasan (211.3 metric tons or 4.7%).
Production of inland municipal fisheries in Ilocos Sur grew by 27.5 percent in 2020. From the output of 837.7 metric tons in 2019, it went up to 1,068.2 metric tons in 2020.
In terms of the type of species, fish contributed the largest share with 60.7 percent. The highest number of production was noted in freshwater goby or biya (197.1 metric tons) and tilapia (123.7 metric tons).
This was followed by crustaceans with 36.9 percent share to the total inland municipal production with blue crab or alimasag (90.3 metric tons) and mud crab or alimango (72.3 metric tons) as the highest contributors to the production.
The least share was posted by molluscs with 2.4 percent. The highest number of production was noted in oyster or talaba with 5.3 metric tons and freshwater clams or tulya with 3.2 metric tons.
Harvest from aquaculture farms in Ilocos Sur was recorded at 1,108.7 metric tons in 2020. This was 4.3 percent higher compared to the 1,063.0 metric tons produced in the previous year.
By species, tilapia and milkfish registered the highest share of production with 73.9 percent share (818.8 metric tons) and 23.0 percent share (254.6 metric tons), respectively.
By culture type, the highest production was harvested in brackishwater fishpond with 59.8 percent share (663.5 metric tons), followed by the freshwater fishpond with 36.0 percent share (399.2 metric tons), then oyster with 2.2 percent share (23.8 metric tons).
(SGD) REYNOR R. FERNANDO
Chief Statistical Specialist