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Fish catch of over RO270mn until October

22 Dec 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

The sultanate’s fish production contributed RO276mn to the GDP until October, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.

The ministry said the total quantity of fish landed in the sultanate was 608,000 tonnes at the end of October.

Artisanal fishing practices in the sultanate contributed 580,000 tonnes of fish, while coastal fishing contributed about 3,000 tonnes and commercial fishing around 25,000 tonnes.

Fish production increased by 4.8 per cent to 580,000 tonnes in the sultanate in 2019, compared to 553,000 tonnes in 2018, according to official statistics released recently.

The National Centre for Statistics and Information said artisanal fishing accounted for 96 per cent of the sultanate’s total fish production in 2019.

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.

On December 13, the ministry signed an agreement with Towers International Group to establish and invest in a fish collection centre in Hitam in the wilayat of Duqm in Al Wusta governorate.

The agreement aims to increase investment and development of fishery industries in Al Wusta governorate. The centre will include a fish handling hall, refrigeration stores and ice production plants in an area of 10,000sqm.

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