The ministry stated that its inspection team in Dhofar seized 16kg of abalone and 150kg of lobster throughout the embargo period. The team also seized 188kg of sea cucumber in Al Wusta. In a selection, the ministry had banned abalone harvesting throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The selection additional stated that possession, trading and transport of abalone was prohibited as effectively.
The Ministerial Decision No 2018/69 issued on March 19 prohibited fishing, possession and transport of sea cucumber for a year. According to Article 1 of the selection, fishing of sea cucumber in the Omani waters is prohibited for 1 year from the date of implementation of the order. Any kind of handling of the sea cucumber is prohibited, regardless of whether by sale, obtain, transportation, storage or export throughout the embargo.
Article two stipulates that fishermen, folks, establishments and organizations holding quantities of sea cucumber prior to the issuance of the selection required to register with MoAF or the fisheries departments in the governorates inside a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of implementation of the selection.
Following this, permits had been to be issued and they had to be disposed of inside a period not exceeding 4 months from the date of the implementation of the selection.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Dr Hussein al Maskati, director, Development and Management of Fish Resources, MoAF, stated, “Sea cucumber is identified in abundance off the coast of Mahout in Al Wusta governorate. They aid preserve the marine atmosphere.
“The temporary ban has been issued for several reasons such as to get data on sea cucumber off the coast of the sultanate.”
The ministry has urged folks to adhere to the certain fishing periods.
Information Source: Muscat Daily