NORTHERN Mindanao's aquaculture production went up by four percent in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the 17,682.53 metric tons (MT) posted in the same period in 2012.
The increase was brought about by the good performance of brackish water and production of seaweeds, said Engr. Cecilio Clarete, chief economic development specialist of the Development Research Division of the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) in the region.
Seaweeds production was recorded at 12,456.58 MT, higher by 4.82 percent from the 11,883.64 MT posted last year, while brackish water registered a 3.03 percent growth posting 4,651.79 MT during the second quarter this year.
Clarete said the lack of fingerlings caused the decrease in marine fish caging. Also, two operators in Magsaysay stopped operation because of tax requirements.
The drop in production of freshwater fishpond, on the other hand, was due to the conversion of aqua farms to rice farms in Bukidnon and lack of fingerlings experienced in Lanao del Norte.
Aquaculture production accounted for 41 percent of the total fish production in the region.
The remaining 59 percent was shared by commercial and municipal fishery.
Clarete said the four percent increase in the aquaculture production coupled with the decline in commercial and municipal fishery resulted in a modest 1.1 percent increase in the overall fish production of the region during the second quarter.
He said commercial fishing posted a 0.53 percent negative growth as lesser fishing trips were undertaken in Lanao del Norte due to intense heat and weather disturbances.
One fishing vessel was also on dry dock in Oroquieta City contributing to the sector’s poor performance during the quarter.
Similarly, municipal fishing dipped by 0.73 percent because of lesser appearance of migratory and in-season species in Lanao del Norte as well as weather disturbances in the two Misamis provinces. (PIA)