11 Jul 11% drop seen in NorthMin fish production
In an article from Sunstar.com, a report from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Northern Mindanao office revealed that there was an 11.6% decrease in fish production in Northern Mindanao.
According to the report, the decline of commercial fishing in the first quarter of 2017 was contributed in part by some operators who are choosing areas in Zamboanga as their main market for their produce and some fishing boats in Camiguin that are currently being repaired.
Uncertainties on weather conditions that in Camiguin and Misamis Oriental were also seen as a factor as fishing trips around the two areas are decreasing in frequency.
Aside from the decrease in commercial fishing, a 5.58% drop was also recorded in municipal fishing industries due to weather disturbances and the unusually strong blasts of water current in Bukidnon NAPOCOR reservoirs.
The report also included the quarrying activities in some rivers throughout the region to be an additional contributing factor to the low production in municipal fishing.
Seaweed production also declined by almost 29% and was affected by the siltation of soil due to landslides in some areas.
On the other hand, fish harvested through marine-fish caging increased by 36% as more cages from Misamis Oriental have been showing sufficiency in production and operators started to grow in number.