Three-month shrimp fishing season begins in sultanate
The three-month shrimp fishing season in the sultanate began on Saturday. The season is particularly busy for three governorates of South Sharqiyah, Dhofar and Al Wusta.
The season, which starts in September concludes in November every year. There are 12 shrimp species in the sultanate, but only four species are caught using traditional nets, including white Indian shrimps, white shrimps, tiger prawns and dotted shrimps.
Shrimp fisheries are found in the waters of the sultanate in Masirah Island, Mahout, the coastal areas of Al Wusta and along the coastal strip in South Sharqiyah governorate.
Yasser al Meslahi, director of Statistics and Information Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said that shrimps are one of the most important resources in the sultanate due to its nutritional value and increased demand in local and international markets.
Meslahi pointed out that the total production of shrimps from traditional fishing in the sultanate in 2017 amounted to about 509 tonnes, a decrease of 39 per cent compared to 2016 with a total estimated value of RO1.4mn. Local use was 211 tonnes while its exports stood at 298 tonnes.
He added that the statistics indicate that shrimp production has declined significantly over the past four years.
Hassan bin Hussein al Aghbari, director of fisheries department in Al Wusta governorate, said that Mahout has been at the top in shrimp production over the last five years with 79 per cent of the total production during (2013-17). He added that this is due to the abundance of production, suitable environment for breeding, and adherence to rules by fishermen.