MANILA – The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority–Navotas Fish Port Complex (PFDA-NFPC) recorded this week its highest unloading record of 5,533.76 metric tons (MT) of fish for consumers in the National Capital Region (NCR) and several areas in Central and South Luzon.
The March 16 to 23 period record is by far the highest weekly unloading supply of PFDA-NFPC since January 2021.
The volume of fish unloaded per sector was as follows: aquaculture (755.24 MT), marine (3,912.44 MT), and frozen (866.08 MT).
During the period, PFDA-NFPC has already unloaded 15,040.57 MT of fish, breaking its January volume of 12,404.4 MT. By the end of March, the port is looking forward to exceeding its 15,384.9 MT record in February, following the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)’s lifting of the three-month closed fishing season in several major fishing grounds.
Galunggong (round scad), bangus (milkfish), tilapia, tulingan, and tamban remain as the top five fish species with the highest availability of supply.
PFDA-NFPC said it will continue to work night and day to make sure there is a sufficient supply of fish for all until the lifting of the community quarantine in NCR on April 4, and beyond.
The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) highlighted the introduction of aquaculture to hog raisers that were affected by the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.
DA Undersecretary for Fisheries and Agri-industrialization Cheryl Marie Caballero said Agriculture Secretary William Dar calls for a diversification of food options.
“Now that we are having problems with our pork supply, we are slowly urging these hog producers to raise fish instead. It is a good not to mention healthier alternative source of protein,” she said.
The initial aquaculture set that includes tilapia fingerlings, feeds, and fish pens sponsored by the DA-BFAR and respective local government units given to selected beneficiaries are expected to see its first harvest by July 2021. (PNA)