Asian Fisheries Society

Technical Efficiency of Handline Fishers in Region 12, Philippines: Application of Data Envelopment Analysis

Abstract:

Handline fishing is a common method of catching tuna in the Philippines which is a significant tuna producer in the world. It is considered to be more environmentally sustainable than other fishing methods. Despite this, handline fishers are challenged by efficiency issues due to overcapacity resulting from open access to fish resource and counteracting declining stock. This study aimed to measure the technical efficiency of the handline industry in General Santos City, Philippines. Using Data Envelopment Analysis, the levels of production efficiency were estimated. The factors that influence the efficiency of handline fishers were identified using Tobit regression. Findings revealed that there was a large gap between the best and least performing vessels with a varied spread of scores, and there was also a huge frequency of inefficient vessels. Additionally, the factors that appeared to be significant in affecting the efficiency were the number of fishing trips per year, the number of days of stay at sea, radio cost, and costs on consumption. Berthing days and gasoline cost were also found to be approaching significance in affecting efficiency. These results indicate the diversity of input mixes among fleets. Aside from being less profitable, these handline fleets contribute to unsustainability. Thus, choosing the ideal set of inputs is critical in the industry.

Publication Date : 2017-12-31

Volume : 30

Issue : 4

Page : 215-226

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