Assessment of fish-farming livelihood in the coastal areas of Los Baños, Laguna during the Covid-19 pandemic
Precious Dee H Tolentino*, Rhina D Paggao, Mary Joy G Daculong, Flora H Salandanan
The COVID-19 pandemic made a significant impact on the socio-economic status of almost every sector, including the fishing industry. Hence, this study aimed to assess the status of fish farming livelihood during the COVID-19 pandemic in the coastal barangays of Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Local fisherfolks from five selected barangays were chosen through random sampling. Data collection was conducted through a survey questionnaire and personal interviews. Results showed a drastic plunge in the income of the fish farmers because of the decline in demand and travel restrictions to the major fish markets. Also, a low yield in fish harvest was observed because fish farmers can’t afford commercial feeds. The problems encountered by fisherfolk during COVID-19 include lack of funds and government support, disruptions of market flow, and natural disasters. The study also identified a variety of solutions, as well as reduction of farm fish, food reduction, reduction of cages planting, etc. The findings revealed that the decline in their income was heavily influenced by market disruptions. In effect, the lockdown provided an impetus for the adoption of new strategies to help fish farmers during difficult times.
Precious Dee H Tolentino*, Rhina D Paggao, Mary Joy G Daculong, Flora H Salandanan. Assessment of fish-farming livelihood in the coastal areas of Los Baños, Laguna during the Covid-19 pandemic. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 9, Issue 9, 2022, Pages 6-10