MoAF book to pro­file over 1,050 species of fish found in Omani wa­ters

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Swapna Taraf­dar

The Ma­rine Sciences and Fish­eries Cen­tre un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries (MoAF) is com­ing out with a book that will pro­file over 1,050 species of fish found in Omani wa­ters. The book will be pub­lished in English.

Dr Juma Mo­hammed al Mamry, ma­rine biology ex­pert at the Ma­rine Sciences and Fish­eries Cen­tre who is com­pil­ing data for the book, said, “We will have de­tails of over 1,050 species of fish caught in Omani wa­ters. It will have data on both bony and car­ti­lagi­nous fish. This book will be a ref­er­ence guide on fish species found in Omani wa­ters. The book will help re­searchers, sci­en­tists and stu­dents deal­ing in fish stud­ies. It will even help tourists who want to know about the types of fish found in Omani wa­ters.”

He said that last such books on fish species were pub­lished in 1995. “We had two books pub­lished on fish species found in the Sea of Oman. We have taken in­puts from those works as well which will give us a de­tailed in­sight of dif­fer­ent species of fish. Many fish va­ri­eties en­listed in the new book have Omani names. Some of them have even been found for the first time in Omani wa­ters.”

Dr Mamry said that fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and tax­on­omy is a cause of con­cern for Oman. “We now want to have data­base of all an­i­mals and plants found in the Omani en­vi­ron­ment.”

Giv­ing an in­sight of the book, he said, “We have de­tails like rib­bon­fish. This fish is known for its slim, rib­bon-like ap­pear­ance. It is rarely seen as its lives in deep wa­ters. So many fishes mi­grate from one area to the other. If you see a fish in the Ara­bian Sea one day you will find the same in the Sea of Oman the other day.

“We will keep pub­lish­ing pa­pers of any new species found ei­ther in the Sea of Oman or the Ara­bian Sea.”

(Mus­cat Daily)

Dr Juma Mo­hammed al Mamry

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