The three-month shrimp fishing season in the sultanate will start on Tuesday, September 1. The season is particularly important for three governorates – South Sharqiyah, Dhofar and Al Wusta.
The season which starts in September concludes in November every year.
There are 12 shrimp species in the sultanate, but only four species are caught using traditional nets, including white Indian shrimps, white shrimps, tiger prawns and dotted shrimps.
Shrimp fisheries are found in the waters of the sultanate in Masirah Island, Mahout, the coastal areas of Al Wusta and along the coastal strip in South Sharqiyah governorate.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and Water Resources said that shrimps are one of the most important resources in the sultanate due to their nutritional value and increased demand in local and international markets.
The ministry pointed out that the total production of shrimps from traditional fishing in the sultanate in 2019 accounted for about 863 tonnes, with a total estimated value of RO2.9mn. Exported accounted for 320 tonnes.
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