Census Of Fisheries Evaluation Survey (CFES)
The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), through the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC), was contracted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) to conduct the 2002 Census of Fisheries Evaluation Survey (CFES). The CFES aims to evaluate and measure completeness counts, evaluate accuracy of selected indicators, and to generate information on the usefulness of the census as a frame and source of auxiliary variables for future survey on fisheries. This survey has a target number of samples per region of about 400 households for a national total of 6,400. With 15 households per barangay or enumeration area, approximately 27 barangays per region or 432 barangays nationwide were selected. Provinces allocated with only one or two barangays were dropped due to budgetary constraints. A total of 6,042 households were visited but only 5,592 were located. The intensive study on the dynamics of data collection in the Census of Fisheries (CF) and the assessment of the coverage and content showed that there is census under coverage among small, seasonal operators only. Under coverage may be attributed to confusion of some concepts especially those that pertain to operation and ownership. In addition, those who are under counted in CF are expected to contribute marginally to total production. The study also showed that there are content errors occur mostly when the respondent in CF is different from that in CFES. Further, no evidence of massive content error. For purposes of improving the census count of the number of operators to include especially the marginalized sector, there is a need to adjust the census count possibly using regression estimators with auxiliary information supplied by the CFES database.