THE catch landed at regional fish ports (RFPs) declined 4.26% month on month by volume in May due to the early onset of the rainy season, according to the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA).
Fish landed at RFPs amounted to 42,814.19 metric tons (MT), down 4.26% from the record set in April of 44,721.05 MT.
“Following the recent passage of Typhoon Betty and widespread rain brought by the southwest monsoon (habagat), all PFDA ports delivered a sufficient supply of fishery products to their respective clients,” the PFDA said.
The Navotas Fish Port Complex unloaded 19,644.03 MT, down 15.14% from a month earlier, with the fishing season typically slowing down towards the end of May.
Fish landed at Lucena Fish Port Complex fell 4.90% month on month to 2,246.85 MT.
The catch landed at Bulan Fish Port Complex rose 17.14% month on month to 1,334 MT.
Fish volumes at the General Santos Fish Port Complex rose 6.75% month on month to 15,788.37 MT.
Zamboanga Fish Port Complex and Davao Fish Port Complex reported that volumes rose 5.24% and 4.07% month on month respectively to 965.65 MT and 441.40 MT. — Sheldeen Joy Talavera