279,610 tonnes of fish landed in 2016

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The total quantity of fish landed during 2016 stood at 279,610 tonnes compared to 257,172 tonnes in 2015, according to the latest data issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The total value of fish exported in 2016 was RO58.821mn compared to RO48.873mn in 2015. Fish exports increased to 114 tonnes in 2016 from 111 tonnes in 2015.

The total quantity of fish landed by traditional fishing sector in 2016 increased to 277,014 tonnes from 254,767 tonnes in 2015 while fish landed through commercial fishing declined to 163 tonnes in 2016 from 210 tonnes in 2015, the data showed.

Fish landings through coastal fishing increased to 2,330 tonnes in 2016 from 2,024 tonnes in 2015 while aquaculture contributed 103 tonnes to the total fish landings in 2016 compared to 170 tonnes in 2015.

In 2016, the total number of renewed fishing licences increased to 7,545 compared to 4,020 in 2015. The number of new licences issued in 2016 was 1,320 while 1,337 new licences were issued in 2015.

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