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Lobster fishing season to end in April; 2017 recorded 8% growth

Lobster fishing season to finish in April 2017 recorded eight% development

Jalaan Bani Bu Ali  – 

The fishermen of Dhofar, Al Wusta and South Sharqiyah have began fishing lobsters because final week. The season began at the starting of March and will conclude by the finish of April. Lobsters are regarded as a single of the most beneficial marine sources and its fishing season is an crucial financial activity for fishermen, particularly these living in the coastal places of the governorates.

Lobsters reside amongst rocks and coral reefs, as effectively as in sandy and clay environments and in shallow depths close to the beaches. Salim bin Sultan al Araimi, director of Fisheries Department in Jalaan Bani Bu Ali, stated, “During the 2017 season, positive economic indicators were recorded in terms of quantities of production and sizes of fish that were caught.”

Araimi explained that preliminary indicators of fish statistics show that the sultanate’s production of lobsters throughout the 2017 season amounted to 464 tonnes according to the statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF), although the quantity of production in 2016 was 430 tonnes, an boost of eight per cent.

Dhofar landed the biggest haul (329 tonnes), followed by South Sharqiyah (67 tonnes), and Al Wusta (59 tonnes). The cost of a kilogramme of lobster varies among RO4 and RO5 based on the quantity and provide and demand. It is consumed locally and internationally, exported to the Gulf nations and to some Asian and European nations as effectively. The Department of Fisheries Development in Jalaan Bani Bu Ali has carried out field visits to raise awareness concerning MoAF laws.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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