The Philippine fishing fleet consists of approximately 500,000 vessels of which over 98% are small municipal vessels that are owned by the fishers themselves. These small wooden canoes, locally known as 'bangka’s', are below 3 GT and about 60% of them are not motorized. These bangka’s use a wide variety of gears like handline, gillnets, jiggers and they landed approximately 1.2 million MT of catch in 2015 which corresponds to 53% of the total annual landings in the country.
Small municipal fishing vessels are owned by the fishers themselves and are active throughout the country. These fishers do not specifically target octopus but they catch whatever crosses their path using a variety of gear. Fishing trips last a few hours only and in most cases no ice is brought on board.