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Fish production rises by over 21%

31 Oct 2021 By ONA

Muscat – Oman has recorded a sharp rise in the volume of fish caught till the end of August this year compared to the total catch in the same period in 2020.

According to the latest report of the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), all together 542,722 tonnes of fish was landed in Oman till August as against 446,985 tonnes caught during the same period last year – a 21.4 per cent increase.

NCSI data shows that the worth of the total catch this year till August was RO243,787,000, a growth of 16.1 per cent compared to RO210,025,000 last year.

The Governorate of Al Wusta saw the maximum output (214,220 tonnes), followed by South Sharqiyah (166,497 tonnes) and Dhofar (47,527 tonnes).

The quantity of fish netted in the governorates of North and South Batinah was 46,669 tonnes, and 29,027 tonnes in Musandam. In Muscat, 18,504 tonnes of fish were catch in this period.

By species, the data shows the maximum catch was of small pelagic fish, 299,373 tonnes, which is 23.2 per cent more compared to 242,944 tonnes recorded in the same period last year.

The quantity of large pelagic fish caught during the first eight months of this year was 121,786 tonnes – 16.6 per cent higher compared to 104,489 tonnes caught last year.

The total quantity of demersal fish netted weighed 87,344 tonnes, 42.3 per cent more than last year’s catch of 61,374 tonnes. However, there was a decline in artisanal fishing catch of crustaceans and molluscs by 7.6 per cent – 6,364 tonnes this year compared to 6,887 tonnes of the same period in 2020.

The total volume of shark caught this year was 4,854 tonnes, compared to 4,290 tonnes last year, the NCSI report said. Artisanal fishing of other species amounted in a total catch of 2,724 tonnes.

The total artisanal fishing catch was 522,444 tonnes till August this year, while coastal fishing catch was 2,678 tonnes during the period. Commercial fishing catch was 17,599 tonnes in the first eight months of this year.

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