Ten expatriate workers were arrested for violating fishery laws and legislations in July 2021, an official of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources has informed.
Additionally, 476 violations were registered for non-compliance with the regulations for fishing of marine resources, and 392 violations of fishing licensing regulations.
“In all 365 items were seized, including boats, engines, nets, devices and fishing equipment,” the ministry official said, adding that a total of 1,107kg of fish were confiscated in March 2021.
Specialists of the ministry arrested the ten expatriates for violating provisions of the Marine Fishing Law and Protection of Living Aquatic Resources.
“Of the total violations, 392 were for violation of fishing licensing regulations, 60 cases of use of prohibited fishing methods and possession of unauthorised equipment, 13 violations of fishing in prohibited areas and time, 13 cases of employment of unlicensed expatriate workers, 26 instances of non-compliance with placement of number plates on boats and vessels, and 31 other violations,” the ministry official added.
The annual statistics of fisheries control activities indicate that 4,298 violations of the Marine Fishing Law and Protection of Living Aquatic Resources were registered in the sultanate in 2020.