In 2016, a new survey found the Philippines was the world top seafood buyer, with seafood costs being the most expensive in the world.
But the price of seafood has remained a relatively high barrier for consumers in the Philippines, as the country’s population is still relatively young.
The Philippine Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (PIFA) released the 2016 survey, which showed seafood prices at about $25 per kilogram.
That’s still a significant price, especially for the Philippines’ low-income people.
“The price of fish is a very important factor that influences the buying decisions of people in rural areas and the poor,” said the report’s lead researcher, Dr. David Hernando, a professor of fishery management and fisheries science at PIAFA.
“People don’t really understand that they are paying for a very valuable commodity.”
“We are just not getting the benefit from our fisheries because of the cost of fishing and the cost to produce it,” Hernandos told Polygon in a phone interview.
“The Philippines is still the poorest country in the entire world, and the seafood is not being taken to market.”
Hernando and his team surveyed about 1,000 Filipino households and businesses in Pampanga, the capital of the country, to understand how the Philippines compares to other countries.
The data showed that about a third of the households in the survey said they have a seafood company or warehouse that sells seafood at least once a month, and about 30 percent of the people surveyed said they had seafood companies or warehouses that sell seafood once a week.
The survey also found that a third (32 percent) of the survey respondents said they bought their seafood from a company or a warehouse that had been operating in the country for at least one year.
“It’s really surprising to us, because we’ve been seeing it for a while now, but we were really surprised,” Henson said.
“We are very much looking forward to what comes next.”
The Philippines has a long history of poor environmental practices, including an extensive seafood trade.
While Hernandes team was able to collect data from businesses and households, they had to go out into the rural areas of the Philippines to collect the data.
“We have a very poor environmental situation in our country,” Hensley said.
“Our seafood industry is very dependent on the sea, so we need to do our best to manage that.”
The seafood industry has historically struggled with pollution, as well as a lack of resources.
The Philippines has been a major producer of seafood since the early 1900s, but the industry has struggled with the decline of its seafood exports due to the introduction of a moratorium on all seafood imports.
Despite the seafood industry’s struggles, the Philippines still has a very strong seafood industry.
According to the Philippine Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, seafood exports to China have increased by 40 percent over the last decade, with the number of fish caught each year in the Philippine archipelago reaching more than 40,000 metric tons.
But there are still major issues with the seafood trade in the nation.
“There are still a lot of issues that we have to solve, like the waste of fish,” Herny said.
The report also found many Filipinos are buying their seafood at supermarkets, where prices are generally lower than in smaller supermarkets, making it hard for consumers to afford the cost.
Hernandons team found that more than half of the surveyed households reported that they buy seafood at grocery stores, which is a significant number.
“People have to go to the supermarket and buy it, because they are not able to go for the smaller supermarkets,” Hserny explained.
“They can go for big supermarkets, which are not only much more expensive but are also more expensive.”
According to Hernands team, one of the biggest problems facing the seafood sector is that fish is still not getting a fair shake from the government.
“There is no regulation or enforcement of the market, which makes it difficult for the fish industry to compete,” Hentsley said, adding that the Philippines is currently the world leader in the use of imported fish, but that there are a lot more issues to solve.
“What is more important, if we’re going to have a healthy seafood industry, is that we are able to produce our own seafood and have it available to the people who need it,” he said.
Hernys team hopes to continue studying the fish trade in other parts of the world to find out what other challenges and barriers are still preventing the Philippines from having a sustainable seafood industry and what solutions can be found to reduce these issues.
Hernandos hopes to eventually open up the seafood market to more markets, and help people in the region with their own research and analysis.