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Musandam fixing tracking devices on fishing vessels

18 Mar 2023 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – In order to support fishermen and enhance controls on fishing, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources has started installing tracking devices on large artisanal fishing vessels in Musandam.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Arif al Kamzari, head of the Statistics and Information Department at the Directorate General of Agriculture and Fisheries in Musandam, said, “The directorate launched a campaign to instal 65 automatic tracking devices in artisanal fishing vessels on March 5. Twenty-eight devices have been installed so far.”

The project will continue until all artisanal boats are fitted with tracking devices and its aim is to develop an electronic system to monitor all fishing boats and ships in the governorate.

According to Kamzari, the project will modernise the current tracking system by establishing electronic links with satellites and earth stations.

“This will provide a high level of accuracy of global specifications facilitating Musandam’s commercial fishing fleet – consisting of 93 units – to operate smoothly.”

Talking about the new monitoring system, he said, “It is characterised by a high level of innovation and speed in providing the required information about the fishing vessels which are linked with satellites and connected via Internet of Things networks helping increase the speed of response in emergency situations.”

The system also provides data on fish production, assists in marketing fish, distinguishes between legal and illegal fishing units, and maintains ideal standards for the safety and security of fishing units, Kamzari informed.

“Satellites send the required information about the boats and ships to operations rooms to analyse the data and information and submit these to the concerned parties to carry out procedures that must be conducted in a timely manner.”

He added that there were 2,295 artisanal fishing boats and 93 commercial artisanal fishing vessels in Musandam at the end of 2022.

In April 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources signed an agreement with the Middle East Scientific Equipment Corporation to develop an electronic system for tracking and monitoring the sultanate’s fishing fleet consisting of 25,201 units.

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