A memorandum of understanding was signed in between H E Dr Fuad bin Ja’afar bin Mohammed al Sajwani, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, and Sang Hyun Paik, chairman of Haejoo Group, to establish the biggest artificial coral reef project in the nation as nicely as the area.
The signing took location at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) creating on Monday. H E Dr Sajwani mentioned, “This is not the first artificial reef project. We have already established a number of smaller projects in different parts of the country and found that such artificial reefs can increase the quantity of fish. It will of course reflect on the living and income of fishermen. The value of this project is RO2.65mn.”
H E Dr Sajwani mentioned the project will come up off the coast of Suwaiq in North Batinah.
“It will be spread across 20kmx7km area. It will be a big underwater artificial farm. We hope that it will help attract more fish as we have found in similar other projects. It will be the largest in the region. We have carried out pilot projects in different parts of the country. There is huge expectation. We are building on success stories in other parts of the country.”
He mentioned that the ministry hopes to replicate the model in other wilayats of the Batinah
Haejoo Group has been at the forefront of implementing target and website certain goal-constructed artificial reef programmes across Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Ryan Paik, CEO, Haejoo Group, mentioned, “The project will be known as Suwaiq Marine Farm Artificial Reef Complex. The scope of the project is to style, set up and construct artificial reef complicated in Suwaiq. It is to advantage Suwaiq fishermen and has a lot of tourism worth.
“By building these artificial reef complexes we can create natural habitats like a breeding ground in the ocean under 15-30m targeting commercial fish like hamour, sheri and kingfish and to create sustainable fisheries activity It’s also about habitat enhancement because Batinah region is basically a desert. We are trying to create spawning ground for these fish and we at least expect ten times more fish. The project will benefit fishermen as they will not have to go far and catch will increase which will boost the GDP of the country too. It will enhance eco-tourism as people can visit this place for fishing, snorkelling and diving activities.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily