Aquaculture rebounds in 2017
The local aquaculture sector rebounded in 2017 from its 6.27-percent drop in 2016.
Philippine aquaculture production rose 1.68 percent from year-ago figures and accounted for more than half of the country’s total fisheries production, which, on the other hand, fell 1.04 percent in 2017.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) show aquaculture’s output hit 2.24 million metric tons in 2017, as favorable weather conditions accelerated seaweed harvests in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces in the second semester.
“LGU interventions like distribution of seaweed planting materials and floaters also supported the growth,” PSA said, adding aquaculture had a share of 51.91 percent to total fisheries production.
The PSA data showed more milkfish, tilapia, seaweed, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna were produced during the period.