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

August 12, 2017

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.