Once again, it’s an issue of PRICING and forcing the fisherfolks to accept low cost.
“[…] “The shellfish industry in Palawan is far from ideal. People here say they have a bountiful harvest of oysters and mussels but it was stopped because market was not good. A kilo of mussels or oysters ranges only 3 to 5 pesos a kilo. So they just stopped harvesting,” Rosario said.
He, however, sees an irony in the situation since Palawan hosts a good number of top, world renowned tourist destinations , which are big markets for harvested shellfish.
Rosario also said some individuals who used to be shellfish farmers experessed interest in returning to the cultivation of shellfish, provided that they earn enough and get ample support.”
Source: BFAR working to modernize, boost Philippine Shellfish Industry