The municipality officers confiscated a huge quantity of fish and took legal action against the violators.
Muscat Daily on February 25 reported the widespread difficulty of unauthorised street vendors promoting fish in Al Khuwayr and Seeb.
The practice is illegal as the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has banned it as per a choice issued in December 2014.
Eng Yahya al Hadidi, director of division of fish industry regulation at the MoAF mentioned, “According to the Ministerial Decision No 312/2014, it is illegal to sell fish outside markets and the ports specified.”
Eng Hadidi added, “Selling fish on the streets can be hazardous to environment and health as vendors throw fish waste into the streets. Also, selling fish other than in areas specified by the ministry negatively affects sellers who abide by the rules.”
The ministry routinely conducts campaigns to restrict such practices and has advised sellers to abide by the government’s choice or face legal action.
Muscat Municipality stated that it will continue to crack down on illegal fish vendors in future as nicely.
Information Source: Muscat Daily