Muscat: In a significant achievement, Oman's fish production has reached 206,000 tonnes, worth OMR166 million, in 2013, reflecting a 16 per cent increase over 2012 figure, according to latest data released by the government.
Dr Hamad bin Said bin Sulaiman Al Aufi, undersecretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, while releasing the data, said that fish production was 192,000 tonnes, worth OMR143 million, in 2012. He said the increase was achieved through professional modes of fishing, which accounted for eight per cent, and coastal fishing which has grown to the level of 60 per cent.
Al Aufi said that traditional fishing contributed 98 per cent of the overall production while commercial fishing accounted for just 0.2 per cent, coastal fishing 1.1 per cent and fish farming contributed just 0.2 per cent to the total production.
He said that the governorates which are alongside the Arabian Sea coasts contributed 66 per cent of the total produce. Al Wusta governorate contributed 26 per cent, South Sharqiyah 25 per cent and Dhofar 15 per cent.
Similarly, the governorates which are alongside the Oman Sea, North and South Batinah contributed 17 per cent, Musandam contributed nine per cent and Muscat contributed eight per cent to the total produce, he said.