(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- The total fish landing in the sultanate reached 302,541 tonnes, registering a rise of 20.9 per cent by the end of October 2018 as compared to 250,338 tonnes during the same period of 2017.
According to statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), traditional fishing practices in the sultanate contributed to 299,685 tonnes of fish landings till the end of October 2018, an increase of 20.9 per cent over 247,818 tonnes in 2017.
The total value of fish stock stood at RO213,126mn in 2018, representing a growth of 15.9 per cent over RO183,963mn in 2017.
The Governorate of Al Wusta had the highest fish landing (95,628 tonnes), followed by South Sharqiyah (73,694 tonnes) and the North and South Batinah (43,813 tonnes). The quantity of fish landing in the Governorate of Dhofar stood at 39,806 tonnes, and in Muscat 21,321 tonnes. Fish landing quantity in the Governorate of Musandam stood at 25,422 tonnes.
The largest quantity of fish landing by the end of October 2018 comprised small pelagic fishes at 130,523 tonnes, compared to 106,087 tonnes at the end of October 2017, an increase of 23 per cent. The quantity of large pelagic fish increased by 13.8 per cent to reach 75,567 tonnes by the end of October compared to 66,429 tonnes by the end of October 2017.
The quantity of demersal fish landed reached 68,924 tonnes, an increase of 27.5 per cent over the end of 2017 when it was 54,046 tonnes. Meanwhile, there was a decline in the quantity of sharks, rays, lobsters, and shrimps by 7.7 per cent, 10.6 per cent, and 24.8 per cent, respectively. About 8,728 tonnes of crustaceans and molluscs landings were also reported during this period.
While coastal fishing contributed to 2,493 tonnes, commercial fishing saw 364 tonnes of fish landings by the end of October 2018.
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