Carage Region designated as Region XIII, is an administrative region in the Philippines occupying the northeastern section of the island of Mindanao. The Caraga Region was created through Republic Act No. 7901 on February 23, 1995. The region comprises five provinces: Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands; six cities: Butuan, Cabadbaran, Surigao City, Tandag, Bislig and Bayugan; 67 municipalities and 1,311 barangays. Butuan is the regional administrative center.
The region has a total land area of 18,846.97 square kilometres (7,276.86 sq mi), representing 6.3% of the country's total land area and 18.5% of the island of Mindanao. The region is noted for its wood based economy, its extensive water resources and its rich mineral deposits such as iron, gold, silver, nickel, chromite, manganese and copper. Its leading crops are palay, banana and coconut. The region features several beaches, abundant seafood, hot and cold springs, evergreen forests and balmy weather. (https/wkipedia.org/wiki/Caraga). Fisheries sector supports the economic and development in the region.
To support fishery conservation and management effort requires the continuous stock assessment in all fishing grounds of the country (RA 8550 section 7-9) hence, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Caraga Region response to this, through the National Stock Assessment Program (NSAP). A time series data starting 1998 to the present have been generated to provide reliable fishery information where results will serve as a tool for policy makers in formulating management options for sustainability.
The region has implemented its wide NSAP expansion in May 2014 covering a total of 53 major and minor landing centers in 23 coastal municipalities and 5 lakeshore municipalities. The activity was manned by 50 trained enumerators and 6 Data Analysts which focus ten major fishing grounds such as Hinatuan Passage, Dinagat Sound, Surigao Strait, Lanuza Bay, Surigao Sea, Hinatuan Bay, Bislig Bay and Butuan Bay. Moreover, included also were the Freshwater systems in Lake Mainit and Agusan Marsh.
In 2015 results showed that among the fishing grounds on study Surigao Sea of Surigao del Sur shared 30% of the total landed catch in the region where oceanic tuna dominated.