(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has signed an agreement with Jusoor company to set up an artificial reef project in Liwa. The project will be implemented on an area of 400sq m at a depth of 20m to 30m at a cost of RO120,000.
The agreement was signed by H E Dr Saud bin Hamoud al Habsi, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and H E Sheikh Muhanna bin Saif al Lamki, Governor of North Batinah.
The project will be implemented in four phases. The week -long first phase will include marine survey of the area in coordination with traditional fishermen. The second stage will be seven months long and will provide models of the manufactured units and the final design.
The third phase will last a week during which the reef units will be dropped at the seabed sites already identified.
Phase four will be for two years and will monitor the development of the artificial reefs. MoAF has made continuous efforts in the field of strengthening coral reef propagation from 2013 to 2019.
Some of the reef units established include in the wilayats of Suwaiq (4,280), Seeb (60), Jalaan Bani Bu Ali (30), Sohar (64) and Sur (25).
In May 2018, the ministry inaugurated the largest reef farm in the Middle East in Suwaiq on an area of 20km and a depth of 15m to 30m.