Rolando T. Dy
Philippine fishery production declined between 2010 and 2017. The stark reality has brought to negative the contribution of fishery to agriculture growth since 2010. Caught fish retail prices increased faster in Metro Manila: galunggong rose by 30 percent from 2010 to 2016 versus pork rose 22 percent, dressed chicken 16 percent, bangus and tilapia 17 percent through 2017.
The decline in fishery production is largely a result of the destruction of coral reefs, which serve as habitat for marine organisms. Coral reefs are suffering despite long-term measures outlawing damaging fishing practices.June 19 - Philippine fisheries dying Final 032618 (RDY)