The Philippines is a major global fish producer. Of the subsectors of fisheries, aquaculture has the highest production at more than 520,000 MT in 2019, higher than the output of commercial and municipal fisheries combined.


The country has also one of the highest per capita fish consumption rates globally, making it an integral part of Filipinos’ diet. Prices of milkfish and tilapia, two of the most consumed fish species in the country, increased by 5.6% and 5.7% respectively. This was attributed to larger harvests and higher local demand. However, this did not translate to higher incomes for fisherfolks, who, with a 34% poverty incidence rate, remain one of the poorest groups of farmers in the country.


  • PPSA facilitated the development and implementation of an inclusive business model trial with Feedmix Specialist II (a market leader for integrated aquaculture), Tambuyog Development Center (a non-government organization advocating for sustainable fisheries), and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Guided by ICCO Cooperation, and with funding from Grow Asia and the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN), these partner organizations were able to put up a milkfish nursery project where smallholders will supply fingerlings to Feedmix, a leader for Bangus production. Project activities that include training sessions and infrastructure rehabilitation started during the second quarter of 2020.

  • The Fisheries Working Group prioritizes value-adding opportunities for fisherfolk to increase their incomes. 

  • PPSA will be promoting the consumption of tilapia as an efficient protein source because of its low feed conversion ratio. This may provide additional income for fisherfolks who are spending a big amount on feeds while reducing the environmental impacts of these feeds bleeding into freshwater sources.

22 fisherfolk
cooperatives and Community Fish Landing Centers (CFLC) in Quezon Province and Central Luzon reached, with an aggregated membership of 1,460 fish farmers.


Members and Partners

  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Region 3

  • Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - CALABARZON

  • Feedmix Specialist Inc.

  • Foodlink Advocacy Cooperative

  • ICCO Cooperation

  • Philippine Tilapia Stakeholders Association Inc.

  • Tambuyog Development Center

  • Visayas State University (VSU)

  • WWF – Philippines

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