The COVID-10 pandemic might have dealt a crushing blow to most industries but the fisheries industry, it appears, has benefited with a record catch reported till May 2020.
The total fish caught in Oman has gone up by 31.4%, from 251,372 tonnes to 330,335 tonnes, when compared with the statistics of first five months of 2019 and 2020.
The fish catch from the traditional fisheries industry went up by 31.5% while the value of the catch increased by 18.1% by the end of May 2020 when compared to the same period of 2019.
A total of 317,802 tonnes of fish was landed by traditional fishery by the end of May 2020 while 241,620 tonnes was caught last year in the same period, recording an increase of 31.5%. The value of the catch, too, went up from RO121.5mn in 2019 to RO143.5mn in 2020 in the same period.
Muscat Governorate has reported the maximum gain, with 72.5% increase in fish caught by traditional fishing by the end of May 2020, compared to 2019. Around 14,900 tonnes of fish was caught in 2020 over 8,643 tonnes in 2019.
The governorates of North and South Batinah recorded the second highest increase in fish catch, from 24,949 in 2019 to 40,932 in 2020, a rise of 64.1%.
Coastal fishing went up by 4.8% from 2,080 tonnes in 2019 to 2,179 tonnes in 2020 while commercial fishing increased by 34.9%, from 7,673 tonnes to 10,354 tonnes.