The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources signed an agreement with Middle East Scientific Equipment Corporation last week to develop an electronic system for tracking and monitoring fishing boats and ships in the sultanate.
The project seeks to develop the current tracking system, set up in 2000, by establishing electronic connection with satellites and earth stations. This will provide high definition accuracy of global specifications that enables the sultanate’s fishing flotilla, consisting of 25,201 units, to operate smoothly.
The agreement was signed by H E Dr Saud Hamoud al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, and Umesh Chauhan, managing director, Middle East Scientific Equipment Corporation.
The agreement also keeps pace with the ministry’s plans and programmes executed within the context of Oman Vision 2040. The programmes include expansion in exploiting the sultanate’s fishery stocks in regional and international waters along the Indian Ocean. The overall aim is to augment the contribution of the fisheries sector to the Gross Domestic Product through a set of investments targeting income-generating small surface fish and tuna. The annual production is expected to stand at 1.4mn tonnes by 2025.
The signing ceremony was attended by H E Eng Yaqoub Khalfan al Busaidi, Undersecretary for Fisheries.