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98 netted for fishery law violations in March

26 Apr 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

A total number of 98 expatriate workers have been arrested in Oman for violating fishery laws and legislations in March, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources said.

In addition, 605 violations were registered for non-compliance with the regulations for fishing of marine resources, and 340 violations of fishing licensing regulations.

“The total number of seized equipment including boats, engines, nets, devices and other equipment reached 214,” the official said, adding “the amount of confiscated fish in March, amounted to 484kg.”

The annual statistical figures for fisheries control activities revealed that 4,298 violations of the Marine Fishing Law and Protection of Living Aquatic Resources were registered in the sultanate in 2020. 

Specialists in the ministry arrested 492 expatriates for violating provisions of the Marine Fishing Law and Protection of Living Aquatic Resources. 

“Of the total violations, 2,875 were for violation of fishing licensing regulations, 408 cases of the use of prohibited fishing methods and possession of unauthorised equipment, 111 violations for fishing in prohibited areas and times, 156 cases of the employment of unlicensed expatriate workers, and 364 instances of non-compliance with the placement of number plates on boats and vessels and 237 various other violations,”  he added. 

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