The construction of the new fish market in the wilayat of Seeb has reached its final stage, said Ibrahim bin Abdullah al Qurtubi, director of the Fisheries Development Department in Seeb.
As part of its effort to support the fisheries sector and fishermen, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) is currently working on shifting to the new fish market, which is coming up with better infrastructure and other facilities, the official said.
“The construction of the market, inside the fishing port, is nearing completion,” Qurtubi said, adding that the new establishment “will provide facilities for a number of traditional professions related to fish trade”.
“The new market – consisting of two floors – offers several service facilities, the most prominent ones being a spacious daily auction hall, numerous retail places and fish shops,” he said.
“The fishing port, which has an area of 1,278,868sqm, contains a number of government and service facilities, including the Fish Quality Control Department of MAFWR, maintenance workshops for the engines of boats and ships, three floating berths – each being 35m in length – and an 145m long fixed berth for unloading of fish.”
According to the ministry, the wilayat of Seeb has around 1,500 fishermen and 600 fishing boats.