Oman produced 32,903tonnes more fish and earned RO10.491mn additional revenue in the first quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period in 2019.
The total quantity of fish landed in the sultanate reached 202,099tonnes by the end of March 2020 compared to 169,196tonnes during the same period of 2019, which is a rise of 16.28 per cent, according to statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
The total value of the fish stock was RO90.261mn in 2020, representing a growth of 11.6 per cent over RO79.77mn in 2019.
Traditional fishing practices in the sultanate contributed 192,913tonnes of fish till the end of March 2020, constituting a rise of 13.9 per cent over 166,078tonnes in 2019.
Wusta had the highest fish landing at 81,810tonnes, followed by the South Sharqyiah at 60,411tonnes, and Dhofar at 18,464tonnes. The quantity of fish landed in North and South Batinah was 17,304tonnes, and the quantity in Musandam was 9,651tonnes. Fish landed in Muscat stood at 5,272tonnes.
According to fish landing by species, the largest quantity of fish landed by the end of March 2020 comprised small pelagic fishes at 118,804tonnes, compared to 118,526tonnes at the end of March 2019.
The quantity of large pelagic fish rose by 50.2 per cent to reach 41,512tonnes by the end of March 2020 compared to 20,640tonnes by the end of March 2019. The quantity of demersal fish landed reached 27,516tonnes, over 23,128tonnes in 2019. The quantity of sharks and rays was up by 66.8 per cent and crustaceans and molluscs by 14.1 per cent.
Coastal fishing and commercial fishing contributed to about 1,602tonnes and 7,585tonnes of total fish landings, respectively, by the end of March 2020.
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