The sultanate’s fish production contributed RO139.2mn or 1.1 per cent to the GDP in the second quarter of 2020, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
NCSI said the total quantity of fish landed in the sultanate was 403,372 tonnes at the end of July 2020 compared to 298,334 tonnes during the same period of 2019, which is a rise of 35.2 per cent.
Traditional fishing practices in the sultanate contributed388,356 tonnes of fish at the end of July 2020, constituting a rise of 35.6 per cent over 286,483 tonnes in 2019.
The total value of the fish stock stood at RO186.32mn, representing a growth of 23.4 per cent over RO150.99mn achieved last year.
Coastal and commercial fishing contributed to about 2,294 tonnes and 12,721 tonnes of total fish landings, respectively, at the end of July 2020.
The Governorate of Al Wusta had the highest fish landings (142,465 tonnes), followed by the Governorate of South
Sharqiyah (109,320 tonnes) and North and South Batinah (51,063 tonnes).
The quantity of fish landed in the Governorate of Dhofar was 46,347 tonnes, and the quantity in Musandam was 20,098 tonnes.
The fish landings in the Governorate of Muscat amounted to 19,062 tonnes, stated NCSI.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources said it is planning to set up four fish collection centres in Al Wusta, South Sharqiyah and Dhofar governorates and a veterinary quarantine centre for livestock in Buraimi.
The ministry has opened a tender inviting Omani companies to bid for setting up the fish collection centres.
One fish collection centre will come up in the Ras Madrakah area in the wilayat of Duqm in Al Wusta governorate.
The two centres in Dhofar governorate will be located in Shaleem and Halaniyat Islands, and the Hasik area. The fish collection centre in South Sharqiyah will be located in the wilayat of Jalaan Bani Bu Ali.