Abalone fish­ing ends af­ter 10-day har­vest pe­riod

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Sadah - The abalone fish­ing sea­son came to an end on De­cem­ber 20, mark­ing a ten-day pe­riod of har­vest­ing of one the most im­por­tant marine prod­ucts for the peo­ple of Dho­far gov­er­norate.

The Dho­faris, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in the wilay­ats of Sadah and Mir­bat, de­pend on it for good re­turn. Be­cause of the no­tice­able de­crease in the abalone re­serve in its lo­ca­tions on the beaches ex­tend­ing from Mir­bat to the Shar­bathat area, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries pro­hib­ited abalone fish­ing in some years and al­lowed it in some other years. It de­cided to al­low abalone fish­ing this year from De­cem­ber 11 to 20.

Mus­llam bin Salim Ra’afait, di­rec­tor of the Fish Af­fairs De­part­ment at the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Fish­eries in Dho­far, said, “The min­istry is mak­ing great ef­forts to ed­u­cate fish­er­men in gen­eral and divers in par­tic­u­lar, about the im­por­tance of abalone, the ne­ces­sity of pre­serv­ing it, and the con­se­quences of wrong fish­ing prac­tices.”

The Direc­torate Gen­eral of

Fish­eries in the Gov­er­norate of Dho­far com­pleted all prepa­ra­tions for the sea­son af­ter the two-year ban to main­tain the stock of abalone. All the ap­pli­ca­tion forms for li­cens­ing for divers and traders, as well as the records of abalone pro­duc­tion were pre­pared. The num­ber of li­cences is­sued for divers were 2,503 while 94 li­cences were is­sued for traders.

The to­tal pro­duc­tion of abalone in 2016 (12 days only) reached 54,819 tonnes.

Abalone fish­er­men get ready in the early morn­ing hours through­out the sea­son with their sim­ple tools, which are a knife­like tool, gog­gles, and a net that is worn around the waist to col­lect the catch. In the evening, they re­turn to land and work to ex­tract the meat of abalone from its shell by means of a sharp tool known lo­cally as Al Jazra (the car­rot) and then go to the traders’ sites to sell their daily catch ac­cord­ing to the agreed price, usu­ally rang­ing be­tween RO30 and RO50 per kilo.

The longer the dry­ing pe­riod, the higher the qual­ity of abalone. Then, it is canned and sold to for­eign mar­kets, es­pe­cially East Asian coun­tries, the most im­por­tant of which is Hong Kong, which is a ma­jor mar­ket for the abalone of Oman.

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