Fishing Practices of the Philippines

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FISHING PRACTICES IN THE PHILIPPINES & OTHER COUNTRY

The Philippines is the 11th top fishing nation in the world and yields around US$2.5 billion annually. Filipino fishermen use the primitive methods such as:
1. Small-scale fishermen using tradition, low-cost techniques, notably net fishing from small boats and the fish corral. The fish corral is a stationary pen that traps fish in coastal fishing grounds. Traditionally, these techniques have provided small-scale fishermen and their families with a means of subsistence. Fishing nets are meshes usually formed by knotting a relatively thin thread.
2. Net fishing method - Fishing nets are meshes usually formed by knotting a relatively thin thread. Netting is the principal method of commercial fishing, though longlining, trolling, dredging and traps are also used.

Other countries use the modern methods in fishing.
1. Fishing Vessel - is a boat or ship used to catch fish in the sea, or on a lake or river. Many different kinds of vessels are used in commercial, artisanal and recreational fishing. According to the FAO, there are currently (2004) four million commercial fishing vessels. About 1.3 million of these are decked vessels with enclosed areas. Nearly all of these decked vessels are mechanised, and 40,000 of them are over 100 tons. At the other extreme, two-thirds (1.8 million) of the undecked boats are traditional craft of various types, powered only by sail and oars. These boats are used by artisan fishers.

It is difficult to estimate how many recreational fishing boats there are, although the number is high. The term is fluid, since most recreational boats are also used for fishing from time to time. Unlike most commercial fishing vessels, recreational fishing boats are often not dedicated just to fishing. Just about anything that will stay afloat can be called a recreational fishing boat, so long as a fisher periodically climbs aboard with the intent to catch a fish. Fish are caught for

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