PILI, Camarines Sur – The Bicol region topped the growth in fisheries production from all regions of the country for the period January to June 2010 by registering a 9.15 percent growth compared with the same period last year according to the data released by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS).
Bicol region’s fisheries production for this period increased by 13,185.87 metric tons (MT) from 144,040.50 MT to 157,226.37 MT.
Fisheries production is composed of three sub-sectors, namely: the commercial, municipal and aquaculture.
The commercial fisheries sub-sector registered the highest growth with 11.78 percent increase. Meanwhile, the municipal and aquaculture sub-sectors surged by 8.63 percent and 8.04 percent respectively.
According to Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Director Dennis del Socorro, this report from BAS is a very inspiring indicator of the joint efforts of the government and private sector in the sustainable utilization of the fisheries resources in Bicol.
The report also showed that there is still a wide room for improvement from the aquaculture sub-sector, where BFAR is giving much emphasis to generate jobs and additional income. BFAR spearheads numerous aquaculture activities in the region such as the establishment and operation of mariculture parks, seaweed farms and backyard fishponds. – RCanabe