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MoAF to induct 270 high-tech vessels to boost fish production

MoAF to induct 270 high-tech vessels to boost fish production

The ministry has referred to as on fishermen to participate in the project as investors or as licensees. Fitted with newest navigation, security and resource place gear, these boats are developed to boost the catch as they will be capable to operate far from the coastline. High-tech resource place hardware will allow the vessel to pinpoint higher-worth fish species. These vessels will remain connected with land or sea-primarily based communication network.

The project is anticipated to boost investment in fish processing and worth-added industries although supporting the creation of direct and indirect employment possibilities across fish processing, logistics and connected sectors.

Speaking to Muscat Daily
, Dr Hussein al Maskati, director, improvement and management of Fish Resources, MoAF, stated, “The programme aims to induct advanced vessels in the artisanal fishing fleet. It will not only help Omani job seekers to pursue rewarding livelihoods as fishermen but also build the capability of the fisheries sector to achieve an aggregate output of 1.3mn tonnes of fish products per annum by 2023.”

He added, “Interested Omanis can apply to be part of the landmark initiative as investors and licensees. Only Omani candidates who are unemployed or entirely dependent on fishing for their livelihoods are eligible to participate in this project, which will entitle them to enrol in the relevant pension fund and insurance system.”

The ministry has set some circumstances like the applicant should get a licence to practice fishing, be registered as a job seeker and his age should be 21 years and above. “The fisherman must train the boat crew on maritime navigation for one month at one of the accredited institutes, and the fisherman must abide by the laws of fishing and not recruit expatriates.”

Meanwhile , Oman’s total fish production was up by 59 per cent to 553,000 tonnes final year compared to 18 per cent development in 2017, according to the newest statistics from MoAF.

The ministry stated that the total worth of fish stocks stood at RO269mn compared to RO183mn in 2017.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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