The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently declared the start of fishing season at the Visayan Sea, a major source of marine resources in the region including mackerel, herring, and sardines.
Allowing fishermen to catch fish at the Visayan Sea means abundant supply of dried sardines in the market, authorities said. Thus, consumers can expect affordable prices of dried fish at public markets.
However, this is not the scenario at different public markets in Iloilo City. Prices of dried mackerel remain high at P480 per kilogram. Other dried products like dried squid is sold at P1,200-P1,400 per kg.
Aside from constant downpours, which affect the drying of seafood, farm gate prices also rose, affecting the products’ final prices.
Vendors expect prices of dried seafood to stabilize during the summer season.
"Bal-an iwat isda, mga Abril manubo-nubo na sa (Fish supply is limited, prices will go down by April)," said dried fish vendor Jovan Pinuela.