Production from Communal Bodies of Water Lifted Municipal Fisheries Output in Q1 2021

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Saturday, June 5, 2021


Municipal fisheries production in Cagayan Valley barely surpassed its 2020 output with only 0.5 percent increase in 1st Quarter 2021. The production was recorded at 5,139 metric tons, higher by 27 metric tons from its output in 2020 of 5,112 metric tons.

By fishing grounds classification, Inland Municipal fisheries production lifted up the sub-sector’s performance as it posted a 5.8 percent increment, from 1,787 metric tons in 2020 to 1,891 metric tons this year or an additional catch of 104 metric tons. Though production from fresh water fishing grounds only accounted 36.8 percent to the total municipal fishery production of the region, the increment was able to pull up the sub-sector’s output during the 1st Quarter of 2021.

In contrast, Marine Municipal fishing registered an output at 3,248 metric tons during the 1st Quarter of 2021, 77 metric tons lower than 2020 output of 3,325 metric tons or a reduction of about 2.3 percent. Marine fishing grounds production in the region accounted almost two third (63.2%) of total municipal fishery production in 1st Quarter of 2021. Provinces with coastal areas in the region includes Cagayan, Isabela and Batanes.

By geographical location, the province of Cagayan contributed almost three fourths (74.1%) to the region’s municipal fish catch in 1st Quarter of 2021. The province recorded 3,807 metric tons, a reduction of 43 metric tons form its output in 2020 of 3,850 metric tons. The decrement came from production in coastal areas owing to lesser fishing operations due to restrictions enforced during the pandemic coupled with gale warnings posted by PAGASA. Likewise, occurrence of manmade and natural disturbances to habitat of most species during reproduction resulted in the decline of catch across fishing grounds in the province.

Isabela province which shared 15.4 percent to the total municipal fishery output of the region posted an increment of about 13.5 percent, from the 696 metric tons record in 2020, it went up to 789 metric tons this year. The increment was sourced out from both coastal and freshwater fishing grounds.

Meanwhile, the province of Batanes contributed 5.9 percent to the total municipal fisheries volume of production in 1st Quarter 2021 although its production during the period went down by less than one percent from 306 metric tons in 2020 to 303 metric tons in 2021. Production from Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces shared the remaining 4.7 percent to overall municipal fisheries output of the region. The former province supplied 2.9 percent while the latter complemented 1.8 percent. Both provinces relied solely on inland fishing for its municipal fisheries.

For Marine Municipal Fisheries production in Cagayan Valley during the 1st Quarter of 2021, the recorded output decelerated by 2.3 percent or  from 3,248 metric tons catch in 2020 to 3,325 metric tons during the 1st Quarter of 2021. Both Cagayan and Batanes coastal areas contributed to the overall decrement in the volume of production while Isabela province managed to outperform its output last year of the same period.

In terms of provincial distribution of marine municipal production, Cagayan province with more than 85.6 percent contribution to total marine production in the region declined by 2.7 percent - from its production of 2,855 metric tons in 2020 to 2,778 metric tons this year, a decline by about 77 metric tons.

In Batanes province, production slid down by 3.0 metric tons or about one percent decrease from its 2020 estimated production of 306 metric tons. The province shared 9.3 percent to total regional production.

Interestingly, output in the coastal fishing perimeters of Isabela barely outgrew its report of catch last year - from its output of 164 metric tons a year ago, it appreciated by 2 metric tons this year or about 1.2 percent increase in catch for 2021 along the four coastal municipalities in the province. Due to its limited coastal waters, the province only shared more than five percent (5.1%) to total municipal marine production in the region.

In terms of volume of production among the top fifteen species identified under the Marine Municipal sub-sector throughout the region, Frigate Tuna topped the highest share to regional production this year, contributing 22.7 percent. Production of the specie was recorded at 695 metric tons, exhibiting 4.0 percent increase from its last year’s level of 668 metric tons. Anchovies, considered as one of the dominant species found in marine waters in the region, contributed 16.6 percent. The specie output during the 1st Quarter of 2021 fell short of 73 metric tons, from 611 metric tons in 2020 to 538 metric tons a year after. Hairtail, an in-season specie during the quarter, complemented one tenth to total marine municipal fishery production in the region. Its ouput was estimated at 312 metric tons this year, a decrease of 4.3 percent from its level of 327 metric tons in previous year. One of the top five species which is dominant in the province of Batanes was Flying Fish with the same level of production compared to same period last year at 147 metric tons.

Completing the top five species  identified in the region in terms of the volume of production was Roundscad which recorded a reduction of 7.0 metric tons or from 135 metric tons in 2020 to 128 metric tons this 2021 or about 5.0 percent short of production

Within the top ten species caught in marine waters this 1st Quarter of 2021 were Goatfish, Cavalla, Indian Mackerel, Snapper and Squid with percent share of  four percent each for goatfish and cavalla and a share of two percent each for indian mackerel, snapper and squid. Production of goatfish this year went down by one metric ton while all other species output went up ranging from two to five metric tons.

Aggregate output of next five species to complete the top fifteen species identified in the region per volume of production in 2021 was estimated at 252 metric tons, coincidentally same with last year’s aggregate production level. The identified species were Yellow Fin Tuna, Acetes, Big-Eyed Scad, Spanish Mackerel and Fimbriated Sardines, two of which registered higher production this year (yellow fin and big-eyed scad) with an additional four metric tons each while the remaining three species output declined by an average of 2.6 metric tons.

Corollary, the region’s estimated volume of production from freshwater fishing grounds including rivers and its tributaries in 1st Quarter of 2021 increased by 5.8 percent, up by 104 metric tons compared to 2020 level. From an estimated volume of production at 1,787 metric tons in 2020 it reached a level of 1,891 metric tons this year. Production from Cagayan and Isabela provinces went up while estimated output of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces went down compared to last year’s production level. Isabela province recorded the biggest increment by 17.1 percent or about 91.0 metric tons additional catch. The province contributed one third of the region’s production increment. 

The province of Cagayan added 35.0 metric tons to the total inland municipal fishing in the region. Its output of 994 metric tons in 2020 went up to about 1,029 metric tons this year. The province shared the largest regional inland output with its share of more than one half.


Meanwhile, Nueva Vizcaya province which shared 7.8 percent, recorded a deficit of four metric tons, from a level of 151 metric tons in 2020, it went down to a level of only 147 metric tons this year.  The least contributor to the region’s inland municipal fishing output ids the province of Quirino with its share of below five percent (4.8%). The province output fell short anew registering a loss of 18 metric tons, from 110 metric tons a year ago, it went down to only 91 metric tons during Q1 2021.

In terms of the distribution of volume of production according to fish classification, Fish contributed 79.4 percent of the total regional output, while  Mollusks and Crustaceans  added 17.3 percent and 3.3 percent to total  inland municipal fishing in 1st Quarter 2021 of Region 02. Estimated production of Fish and Crustaceans went up by 8.9 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively. In contrast, output of Mollusks decelerated to 6.6 percent. The top five major species captured in the different Communal Bodies of Waters (CBW’s) throughout the region during the period were tilapia, carp, freshwater clams (tulya), eel and mudfish. Among these species, only freshwater clams production went down this 2021.

Estimated production of tilapia accelerated by 6.4 percent, from a 643 metric tons output in 2020, it went up to 684 this year, an increase of about 41 met metric tons. The specie was the dominant catch in freshwater fishing grounds cornering about 36.2 percent to total inland municipal production of the region. Catch of carp specie came in second contributing about 18.6 percent with a 352 metric tons output this year, 25 metric tons higher than its level of 327 metric tons a year ago.  Freshwater clams production came in third as its production went down by nine metric tons this year. Clams production complemented about 10.4 percent to total regional production.

Eel and mudfish, comprising 10.3 percent to total output of 1,891 metric tons, completed the top five species in terms of the volume of production. Eel shared 7.1 percent while mudfish supplied the remaining 3.2 percent. Output of both species increased with a total of 31.7 metric tons. Other species not included in the top five accumulated a total of 463 metric tons, supplying 24.5 percent to the region’s inland municipal production this 1st Quarter of 2.

Regional Director