Tra­di­tional fish­ing meth­ods land a haul of over 31,000 tonnes

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Tra­di­tional fish­ing meth­ods landed a haul of 31,300 tonnes in March this year com­pared to 28,000 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Cen­tre for Sta­tis­tics and In­for­ma­tion (NCSI).

Mean­while, the to­tal value of the catch in March stood at RO15.8mn com­pared to RO19.1mn in Fe­bru­ary. Sta­tis­tics also show that Al Wusta reg­is­tered the max­i­mum catch at 10,069 tonnes in March this year com­pared to 7,778 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary.

The NCSI bul­letin pro­vides a break-up of the catch fig­ures for the dif­fer­ent gov­er­norates. South Shar­qiyah recorded 8,866 tonnes of catch in March com­pared to 7,166 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary, followed by Dhofar at 3,697 tonnes in March com­pared to 4,365 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary. North and South Bati­nah to­gether landed 3,947 tonnes com­pared to 3,912 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary. Tra­di­tional fish­eries sec­tor in the Gov­er­norate of Mu­san­dam hauled in 2,638 tonnes in March com­pared to 2,439 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Among the gov­er­norates the least amount of catch was recorded by Mus­cat at 2,078 tonnes in March com­pared to 2,330 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary, the data shows. Among the var­i­ous species of fish land­ings in March this year, the small pelagic fish formed the largest amount at 16,402 tonnes com­pared to 13,646 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary.

De­m­er­sal fish was the next largest quan­tity of fish that landed in March at 7,018 tonnes com­pared to 6,493 tonnes the month be­fore. The to­tal quan­tity of large pelagic fish landed in March stood at 6,493 tonnes com­pared to 6,774 tonnes. The next largest quan­tity of fish landed in March were crus­taceans and mol­luscs at 526 tonnes com­pared to 211 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Shark and ray land­ings were recorded at 344 tonnes in March this year com­pared to 640 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary, the fig­ures showed.

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