MUSCAT: The total volume of catch from commercial, coastal and vocational fishing recorded 209,071 tonnes by the end of 2014, an increase of 1.9 per cent over the previous year, according to a statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). Total fish production from vocational fishing increased by 0.9 per cent to reach 205,376 tonnes at the end of 2014 compared with 203,454 tonnes in 2013.
The total revenues from vocational fishing increased by 11.1 per cent to RO 179,519,000 at the end of 2014 up from RO 161,608,000 recorded in 2013.
Total production from coastal fishing rose by 126 per cent at 3,154 tonnes up from just 1,394 tonnes recorded a year earlier. Commercial fishing grew by 35.8 per cent recording a total of 541 tonnes up from 398 tonnes in 2013.
Al Wusta Governorate recorded the highest fish production from vocational fishing with 54,163 tonnes followed by North and South Al Sharqiyah Governorates with 51,537 tonnes, Dhofar Governorate recorded 33,041 tonnes, North and South Al Batinah Governorates 32,262 tonnes and Musandam Governorate 20,839 tonnes.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER