MUSCAT: The total quantity of fish produced in the Sultanate in January recorded a rise of 23 per cent reaching 20,859 tonnes compared to 16,960 tonnes during the same month last year. Significantly, the total value of fish registered a whopping 87.3 per cent year-on-year growth in January, according to statistics issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information based on preliminary data released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The total value of fish unloaded by fishermen in the Sultanate in January reached RO 23 million as against RO 12 million logged in January 2014.
The highest quantity of fish was caught by traditional fishing methods in north and south Al Sharqiyah Governorates which stood at 6,434 tonnes, followed by Al Wusta and Dhofar. Going by species, small pelagic fish stood on top in terms of quantity of unloaded fish in January, which reached 8,773 tonnes, compared to 7,202 tonnes during the same month in 2014 marking a 21.8 per cent increase. Large pelagic fish increased from 31.6 per cent to reach 5,966 tonnes last January, compared to 4,531 tonnes recorded in January 2014.
Shrimps accounted for 10 tonnes, while 122 tonnes of cuttlefish were unloaded this January while no catch was reported for lobsters and abalones during the month as their fishing season has not yet started.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER