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GenSan Keeps Philippine Dominance As Main Tuna Port Philippines, March 19, 13

General Santos City has regained its status as the country’s premier fish producer as it narrowly edged the Navotas Fishing Port Complex, in the Manila area, in total volume of fish landing in 2012.

A total of 139,613 metric tons (MT) of fish were landed at the General Santos City Fishing Port Complex in 2012, edging Navotas’ 137,651 (MT) total landing recorded a in the same period.

Gensan seized the edge over Navotas for two years in the running, starting 2009. General Santos City landed its record catch of 143,316 MT in 2009 and 143,139 MT in 2010. In comparison, Navotas landed 118,453 MT in 2009 and 131,936 MT in 2010.

In 2009 more than 92% (132,211MT) of the total fish landings in GenSan were yellowfin and tuna-like species. Tuna landings dropped slightly in 2010 at 91.6% (131,127MT).

Then in 2011 tuna landings continued to fall to a mere 97,013 MT, or 86.7% of the total landed catch at the fish port. The total 2012 Gensan tuna catch landings data is not become available to us yet.

The other tuna fishing port complexes are in the cities of Davao, Zamboanga, and in Sual, Pangasinan.