Fisheries Situation In MIMAROPA April to June 2020


Monday, June 28, 2021



Date of Release: June 23, 2021

Reference No. 2021-SR-12



In the second quarter of 2020, the total volume of fish production in MIMAROPA Region was estimated at 92,037.26 metric tons. This translated to a share of 7.82 percent in the overall fish production of the country.


Volume of fish production in the region went up by 1.58 percent

Total volume of fish production in the region of 92,037.26 metric tons in April to June 2020 was 1.58 percent or 1,430.39 metric tons higher compared to 90,606.87 metric tons of fish produced during the same quarter in 2019. Among provinces in the region, Palawan got the largest share of 88.84 percent on the regional production of fish for the second quarter of 2020, which translated to 81,766.16 metric tons of fish. Occidental Mindoro followed with 3,215.72 metric tons or 3.49 percent share to the regional production.


Value of fish production in the region declined by 28.61 percent

During the second quarter of 2020, total value of production in the region amounted to Php 3.57 billion, a decrease of 28.61 percent from Php 5.00 billion during the second quarter of the previous year. Palawan contributed Php 2.68 billion or 75.08 percent on the total value of fish production in the MIMAROPA region. It was followed by Oriental Mindoro with 7.85 percent share or Php 0.28 billion to the regional production.


Aquaculture Fisheries had 49.32 percent in the regional volume of production

In terms of volume of production by subsector in the region, the Aquaculture fishing constituted 49.32 percent or 45,389.59 metric tons of the region’s total fish production in April-June 2020. Marine Municipal followed with 40.43 percent or 37,211.16 metric tons and Commercial fishing with 9.94 percent or 9,144.92 metric tons. Meanwhile, Inland Municipal fishing had the least contribution of 0.32 percent or 291.59 metric tons of fish produced in the regional fish production.


Marine Municipal Fisheries accounted 76.03 percent share of the region’s value   of production

Among fisheries subsectors, Marine Municipal fishing registered Php 2.71 billion or an equivalent 76.03 percent share to the region’s total value of production in April-June 2020. This was followed by Aquaculture fishing which comprised 12.06 percent share or a total of Php 0.42 billion. Commercial and Inland municipal fishing recorded a combined share of 11.92 percent or Php 0.43 billion. The value of production of all fisheries subsector decreased during the second quarter of 2020 relative to the same period in 2019, except in Inland municipal fisheries with an increase of 15.75 percent.


Commercial Fisheries’ volume of production went down by 8.62 percent 

The volume of production in commercial fisheries went down by 8.62 percent or 862.68 metric tons lower than to its production of 10,007.60 metric tons during the second quarter of 2019. The downturn of production was due to the decrease in the production of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan. Occidental Mindoro recorded a decrease of 19.43 percent or 262.20 metric tons. This was followed by Palawan with 11.69 decrease in production from 7,484.72 metric tons to 6,609.62 metric tons. Meanwhile, the fish production from other provinces in the region summed to about 1,448.04 metric tons and was only equivalent to 15.83 percent share in the regional fish production.


Marine Municipal Fisheries’ volume of production slightly dropped by 0.84 percent

MIMAROPA region’s volume of production in Marine Municipal fisheries had a slight increase of 0.84 percent or 310.38 metric tons to 37,211.16 metric tons in April to June 2020. The increase was due to the improvement in the production of Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Oriental Mindoro with corresponding increase of 152.92 metric tons (7.08 percent), 89.63 metric tons (5.30 percent), 61.99 metric tons (0.21 percent) and 26.53 metric tons (1.45 percent) respectively. Only Marinduque posted a decline in production by 1.85 percent or 20.69 metric tons of fish during the second quarter of 2020.

Inland Municipal Fisheries’ volume of production increased only by 0.10 percent

Compared to the production during second quarter of 2019, the Inland Municipal fisheries’ volume of production increased by 0.10 percent. It was attributed to the increase in the volume of production by the provinces of Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon with corresponding increase of 12.62 metric tons (31.60 percent), 3.31 metric tons (19.31 percent), 1.02 metric tons (23.39 percent) and 0.27 metric ton (32.53 percent), respectively.



Aquaculture fisheries volume of production improved by 4.57 percent

The total production of Aquaculture fisheries in the region increased by 4.57 percent. The boost in production was mainly attributed to the increase in the volume of production by the province of Palawan with 4.55 percent share (1,957.76 metric tons).



The fisheries sector is composed of three (3) subsectors, namely: commercial, municipal fisheries and aquaculture.  The Quarterly Fisheries Survey (QFS) aims to generate volume and value of fisheries production by fisheries sectors and species at the national, regional and provincial levels. QFS is divided into four major fisheries surveys, namely the Quarterly Commercial Fisheries Survey, Quarterly Municipal Fisheries Survey, Quarterly Inland Fisheries Survey, and the Quarterly Aquaculture Survey.

The commercial and municipal fisheries surveys aim to provide quarterly data on volume and value of fish production by species, by region, and by province. The aquaculture survey is intended to generate quarterly data on volume and value of cultured species by environment, by type of aquafarm, by region, and by province.

Statistics taken from these surveys primarily serve as input to the compilation of performance of agriculture and national accounts.  The data sets are also used for policy making and program implementation on fisheries.


Concepts and Definitions

Fisheries refers to all activities relating to the act or business of fishing, culturing, preserving, processing, marketing, developing, conserving and managing aquatic resources and the fishery areas including the privilege to fish or take aquatic resources thereof (RA 8550).

Fisheries Sector is the sector engaged in the production, growing, harvesting, processing, marketing, developing, conserving and managing aquatic resources and fishing areas.

Commercial Fishing refers to the catching of fish with the use of fishing boats with a capacity of more than three (3) gross tons for trade, business or profit beyond subsistence or sports fishing.

Municipal Fishing covers fishing operation carried out with or without the use of a boat weighing three gross tons or less.

Inland Municipal Fishing is the catching of fish, crustaceans, mollusks and all other aquatic animals and plants in inland water like lakes, rivers, dams, marshes, etc. using simple gears and fishing boats some of which are nonmotorized with a capacity of three gross tons or less; or fishing not requiring the use of fishing boats.

Aquaculture is a fishery operation involving all forms of raising and culturing of fish and other fishery species in marine, brackish and freshwater environment. Examples are fishponds, fish pens, fish cages, mussel, oyster, seaweed farms and hatcheries.



Regional Director