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TRADITIONAL FISHING METHODS LAND 308,716 TONNES IN 2017: NCSI.

Artisanal fishing practices in the sultanate landed 308,716 tonnes of fish in 2017, constituting an increase of 11.4 per cent over 277,014 tonnes landed in 2016.

The total value of the fish stock was RO224,753,000, representing a growth of 12.2 per cent over RO200,358,000 in 2016, according to statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

The Governorate of Al Wusta landed the maximum quantity of fish at 87,162 tonnes, followed by the Governorate of South Sharqiyah at 78,973 tonnes, and the governorates of North and South Batinah at 48,024 tonnes.

The quantity of fish caught in the Governorate of Dhofar was 46,288 tonnes and 24,466 tonnes in the Governorate of Muscat. In the Governorate of Musandam, the landed quantity stood at 23,802 tonnes. The largest quantity of fish comprised small pelagic at 135,319 tonnes at the end of December, compared to 119,183 tonnes at the end of 2016, an increase of 13.5 per cent.

The volume of large pelagic fish increased by 5.6 per cent to reach 80,673 tonnes by the end of last year compared to 76,377 tonnes by the end of 2016.

At the end of last year, the quantity of demersal fish caught reached 67,567 tonnes, an increase of 9.2 per cent over the end of 2016 when it was 61,851 tonnes. In the case of crustaceans and molluscs, 954 tonnes of shrimps, 530 tonnes of lobsters and 6,643 tonnes of squids were caught in 2017.

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