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Philippine's Fish Catch to Increase this Year

26 March 2013

PHILIPPINES - Fish catch in the country is expected to improve this year after the first two months of 2013 showed a sharp increase in the unloading of fish at the Davao Fishport Complex, according to its manager Mario Malinao.

In a press conference at SM City Davao on Monday, Mr Malinao said the improvement may be due to the four-year tuna-catch cycle that was observed after output declined from 2008 to 2012. He added that as a result, 2013 may signal the start of a bountiful tuna harvest, reports Business Mirror.

From January to February, the volume of fish unloaded by foreign fishing vessels reached 511 metric tons (MT), a 125 per cent increase from the 227 MT unloaded in the same period last year.

Foreign vessels making ports of call at the Davao fishport only unload tuna, while local fishing boats unload all kinds of fishes that were fished from the Davao Gulf and surrounding seas.

Local vessels unloaded 29 MT for the first two months of 2013, compared to 27 MT unloaded in the same period the year before.

Forty-eight foreign vessels and 457 local boats docked at the fishport during the same period this year, from 35 and 384, respectively, in 2012.


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