Ja'alan Bani Bu Hassan: The authorities are ensuring full support to a project that aims to improve the quality of fish in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, an official has said.
This is being done by using suitable means of storing and promoting the use of ice in storing and displaying fish, the rehabilitation and maintenance of fish selling wards, fish marketing outlets outside the markets and ensuring that these are in line with the specifications and conform to quality regulations.
Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Hadabi, Director General of Fisheries in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, Supervisor General of the project of maintaining and improving ways of displaying and storing stock in fish markets in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, said fishery here is a livelihood for many people as it is an ancient profession and is deeply linked to the people in the governorate.
He added that there are 8,700 fishermen in the South A'Sharqiyah Governorate while the fishing boats number 3,958.
He pointed out that 1,109 transport and marketing vehicles are involved while artisanal fishing vessels are 352 in number, as per 2013 data.
As for maintaining and improving ways of displaying and storing fisheries in fish markets e, Al Hadabi said that the project contributes towards rehabilitation and maintenance of markets, assists in overcoming difficulties faced by workers in the market and at shops, contributes towards developing markets, facilities for vendors and ways of displaying fish.
Salim bin Sultan Al Oraimi, Director of Fish Development Department in Ja'alan Bani Bu Ali said that the fishery sector is very large and it is a source of income for many residents of South Al Sharqiyah Governorate.
It was all the more important to develop and rehabilitate the sector as the governorate is the biggest exporter of fish outside and inside the country.
As for the results, Mohamed bin Khalfan Al Alawi, Principal Researcher for the project, said that the governorate's fish markets have been supported by the project. Besides, the workers have also been empowered with facilities to display their fish, boxes for storing fish, new marketing outlets and shops for selling fish in the wilayats of the governorate.
The Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah is situated in the eastern part of Oman overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Sea of Oman. It has five wilayats namely Sur, Al Kamil Wa Al Wafi, Ja'alan Bani Bu Ali, Ja'alan Bani Bu Hassan and Masairah.
The South Al Sharqiyah Governorate is rich in fish. It is a tourist destination for many visitors who come from within Oman and abroad. Despite the diversity and abundance of fish in the local markets, there has been an increasing demand.
This governorate enjoys more than 400 km-long coast, extending from the Niyabat of Teewi to the village of Al Juwairah. There are more than 50 fishermen villages along this coastal stretch.
The villagers have inherited and maintained the vocation of fishing and developed various methods according to their environment and potential.