A decision to ban fishing and trade in kingfish in the sultanate will come into effect from August 15 marking the beginning of kingfish breeding season, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MoAFWR).
The ministry confirmed that the ban period will last for two months and end on October 15 in accordance with the provisions of the Ministerial Decision No 230/2014.
By implementing the decision, the MoAFWR aims to preserve stocks of kingfish and regulate fishing in order to achieve a balance between natural reserves and demand for the fish.
In preparation of the ban, the ministry – represented by directorates and fisheries departments in the coastal governorates of the sultanate – carried out guidance and awareness activities among fishermen, transporters and businesses.
The MoAFWR has called on fishermen, transporters and businesses engaged in fishing, transporting, buying, selling, trading and exporting kingfish to follow its directives and decisions. The ministry stressed the need to monitor the departments and centres of fish development in governorates to register the stock of kingfish in their possession before the beginning of the ban. It will not allow any trade and export of kingfish during the ban period unless it is registered with the ministry.