"We have, in fact, outlined a target of fishery production for 2018 to reach nearly 843,020 tons, and our production that year had surpassed the target," Haidy Malingkas, the North Sulawesi fisheries and marine department's secretary, noted here on Monday.
Malingkas elaborated that North Sulawesi's fishery products were the result of fishing and aquaculture activities. In 2018, nearly 382,005 tons of fishery products in North Sulawesi came from fishing while 488,247 tons from aquaculture.
"In comparison with the production in 2017, there is a 6.36 percent rise," she stated.
Malingkas further pointed to a steady rise in the province's fishery production during 2018 than the earlier two years.
In 2016, North Sulawesi recorded a fishery production of 711,880 tons, while in 2017, the figure had reached 818,192 tons.
"The rise in fishery production was backed by rising produce in some of the province's fish producer cities and districts, except for Bitung City that was affected by a moratorium in the fisheries sector," Malingkas stated. EDITED BY INE