Can the Philippines produce enough fish for the multitude?
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Philippine fishery statistics classified fish production into 3 major production sources: commercial, municipal and aquaculture. Of these, only commercial fisheries and aquaculture have shown positive growth; municipal fisheries has been declining since 1992, with the inland sector being the most affected. Alternative ways to lighten the current fish supply crises are considered. It is believed that a sustainable option is to raise more fish, rather than merely hunt for them. An examination is made of available resources, including physical, technical and financial, which would enable increased production. Particular reference is made to increased tilapia production, but milkfish, carps, groupers and seabass are also considered.
This article is based on a paper presented at the Fifth D. K. Villaluz Memorial Lecture at the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department, Tigbauan, Iloilo in 1996.
Suggested CitationYap, W. G. (1997). Can the Philippines produce enough fish for the multitude?
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