Muscat, The total quantity of fish landed in the Sultanate reached 579,184 tons by the end of December 2019 compared to 552,995 tons during the same period of 2018, which is a rise of 4.7%, according to statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Traditional fishing practices in the Sultanate contributed to 555,209 tons of fish until the end of December 2019, constituting a rise of 1.2% over 548,672 tons in 2018. The total value of the fish stock was RO 302.67 million in 2019, representing a growth of 13.1% over RO 267.72 million in 2018.

The Governorate of Al-Wusta had the highest fish landing at 206,697 tons, followed by the Governorate of South A'Sharqiya at 144,458 tons, and Dhofar at 74,382 tons. The quantity of fish landed in the governorates of North and South Al Batinah was 67,808 tons, and the quantity in Musandam was 37,599 tons. The landed quantity in Governorate of Muscat stood at 24,264 tons.

According to fish landing by species, the largest quantity of fish landed by the end of December 2019 comprised small pelagic fishes at 329,889 tons, compared to 338,812 tons at the end of 2019, a decrease of 2.6%. The quantity of large pelagic fish rose by 12.4% to reach 113,325 tons by the end of December 2019 compared to 100,820 tons by the end of 2018. The quantity of demersal fish landed reached 86,767 tons, an increase of 10.1% compared to December 2018 when it was 78,810 tons.

Meanwhile, there was a decline in the quantity of sharks and rays by 40.7% and crustaceans and molluscs by 9%.

Coastal fishing and commercial fishing contributed to about 3,921 tons and 20,054 tons of total fish landings, respectively, by the end of December 2019.

Source: Oman News Agency