Al Wusta contributing to sultanate’s economy with its rich marine resources
The Governorate of Al Wusta known for its marine wealth contributes significantly to the sultanate’s economy.
The abundance of marine organisms like shrimps, abalone, kingfish, emperor, grouper and seabream are considered a key asset.
The department of fisheries in the governorate plays an important role in regulating fish supply in the market and the implementation of many projects for the development of the fisheries sector.
Khalid bin Hamad al Hadabi, director of the Department of Fisheries in Al Wusta said that the shrimp traps control project that it had initiated was completed last year.
The RO109,000 project was a success especially in preserving shrimp stocks and regulating fishing.
Hadabi added that the fishermen’s complex in Ras Madrakah in Duqm has also been completed.
The project has made way for more than 200 fishermen and workers in the fisheries sector even from other regions. The project was aimed at reducing expatriate labourers and encouraging more Omani fishermen to work in the sector.
Statistics registered with the Department of Fisheries in the governorate shows that there are 4,500 registered fishermen in the wilayats of Mahout, Duqm and Al Jazir. Of the total licences issued for the sector, 1,796 are fishing licences, 328 are for marketing and 667 for technicians and one for commercial fish farming.
Hadabi added that the annual fish production amounted to about 76.736 tonnes in 2015 (RO26mn) and shrimps 277 tonnes.
Hadabi said that there are three harbours in the governorate and Duqm harbour is under construction at an estimated cost of about RO60mn.