The Philippines produces and exports many other seafood commodities, but particularly notable is the situation of the Philippine Octopus. At present, there is little to no data on stock assessments, nor a consensus as to the stock structure, biomass, nor fishing mortality is known. It is basically uncharted territory.
According to FAO 2018 and Trade map 2018, production and export data for octopus are limited, and there is no information available on catches per gear type or landings per province. There is some export product data available, particularly exportation to US, but this data is not further specified than frozen products.
In 2017, according to United States (US) trade statistics, the Philippines was the second-largest exporter of octopus to the United States in terms of volume (4,204,914 kg exported), only after Spain, and fourth-largest exporter in terms of value ($17,692,487 worth of product exported). According to NOAA, in 2016 the Philippines was the second-largest exporter of octopus to the United States in terms of volume (3,186,602 kg exported), and the third-largest exporter in terms of value ($11.531.220 worth of product exported) (NOAA, 2018). For 2016 the US marked represented 79.5% of the total exportation of Filipino octopus. Notably, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBAq) recommends to avoid consumption of octopus from the Philippines, mainly because there is no fisheries management nor assessment.