According to statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), standard fishing practices in the sultanate contributed to 299,685 tonnes of fish landings till the finish of October 2018, an improve of 20.9 per cent more than 247,818 tonnes in 2017.
The total worth of fish stock stood at RO213,126mn in 2018, representing a development of 15.9 per cent more than RO183,963mn in 2017.
The Governorate of Al Wusta had the highest fish landing (95,628 tonnes), followed by South Sharqiyah (73,694 tonnes) and the North and South Batinah (43,813 tonnes). The quantity of fish landing in the Governorate of Dhofar stood at 39,806 tonnes, and in Muscat 21,321 tonnes. Fish landing quantity in the Governorate of Musandam stood at 25,422 tonnes.
The biggest quantity of fish landing by the finish of October 2018 comprised tiny pelagic fishes at 130,523 tonnes, compared to 106,087 tonnes at the finish of October 2017, an improve of 23 per cent. The quantity of huge pelagic fish improved by 13.eight per cent to attain 75,567 tonnes by the finish of October compared to 66,429 tonnes by the finish of October 2017.
The quantity of demersal fish landed reached 68,924 tonnes, an improve of 27.five per cent more than the finish of 2017 when it was 54,046 tonnes. Meanwhile, there was a decline in the quantity of sharks, rays, lobsters, and shrimps by 7.7 per cent, 10.six per cent, and 24.eight per cent, respectively. About eight,728 tonnes of crustaceans and molluscs landings had been also reported throughout this period.
While coastal fishing contributed to two,493 tonnes, industrial fishing saw 364 tonnes of fish landings by the finish of October 2018.
Information Source: Muscat Daily