MANILA - The government is considering sourcing galunggong (round scad) from Northern Luzon after a fishing ban in its biggest source, choked supply and caused prices to rise, an official said.
The price of the fish, which is popular among the masses, rose to P160 per kilo from P120 per kilo in Quezon City markets on Thursday, significantly higher than the P70 to P120 range of other fish varieties.
A "closed season" for galunggong fishing was declared in Palawan, where the Navotas fish port sources 90 percent of supply, for conservation purposes.
"Aside from Palawan, nandiyan naman ang mga pinagkukunan natin mula sa norte," Nazario Briguera, chief information officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) told ABS-CBN News on Thursday.
General fish supply in the Navotas fish port is expected to thin towards the end of the year as the cold season sets in, prompting traders to import from China and other markets.