THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Davao is confident that its target for fish production in the region for the year 2017 will be achieved amid challenges brought by climate change and other factors that contributed to low productivity in the past years.

The bureau announced on public last January 2 that its fish production target is at 65,597 metric tons (MT).

BFAR-Davao Director Fatma Idris said that close coordination with other government agencies and the local government units (LGUs) in the region is the key in realizing the goal.

"We will also tap the support of other stakeholders in the fishing industry, including the livelihood and commercial fishing operators," she said.

The target is higher compared to the 43,657 metric tons of fish production recorded in the region for the first three quarters of 2016.

At present, a total of 50,868 fisherfolk and 8,806 wooden fishing boats were already registered by BFAR in the region in its continuing registration under the Municipal Fisherfolk Registration Program or FishR.

Meanwhile, BFAR also expressed confidence that the country's target increase of 14.4 percent for fish production from 2015 to 2020 can be achieved under the Duterte administration.

Idris said the hike is expected to come from aquaculture interventions particularly on seaweeds, shellfish, food fishes and other high value species as indicated in the 2016-2020 Comprehensive Fisheries Industry Development Plan.

The country's fish supply are caught from the wild, farmed, or imported.

By 2020, BFAR eyes to achieve a 90.55 percent of fish sufficiency.

"The target is to cut poverty incidence among the fisher folks by 25 percent by 2020," she said. (ASP)