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Value of traditional fisheries catch grows 20%

: Tuesday, June 17 - 2014 @ 11:03

The total value of fish caught by traditional fishing methods has increased by nearly 20% since April 2013, while overall catch volumes have remained relatively unchanged over the same period. The ‘Total and value fish landed by species’ report issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) reveals that the total catch landed by traditional fishing methods by the end of April 2014 stood at 69,284 tons, versus 69,236 tons landed during the same period in 2013, registering a modest increase of 0.1%. While the catch volumes have remained relatively unchanged, the total catch value by traditional fishing methods increased by a healthy 19.8%, totaling 61.6 million R.O by the end of April 2014, compared with 51.4 million R.O recorded during the same period in 2013.

According to the NCSI figures, the overall fisheries catch volume by all methods remained stable during the same period, with 70,921 tons landed by the end of April 2014 versus 70,904 tons landed by the end of April 2013. The total catch volume landed by commercial fishing recorded an increase of 33.2% during the same period, growing from 274 tons landed by the end of April 2013 to 365 tons by the end of April 2014. Meanwhile, the catch volume in coastal fishing declined by 8.8%, with 1,272 tons landed by the end of April 2014 compared with 1,394 tons landed during the same period in 2013.

Breaking down the catch volumes by region, Al-Sharqiya North and South governorates were ranked the first in terms of traditional fishing volumes by the end of April 2014 with 18,907 tons landed compared with 20,337 tons during the same period in 2013, despite a decline of 7%. Following was Al-Wusta with 18,554 tons landed, compared with 17,538 tons landed during the same period in 2013, recording an increase of 5.8%. The Dhofar governorate was the third with 12,119 tons landed by the end of April 2014 compared with 10,820 tons during the same period in 2013, an increase of 12%. Meanwhile, the governorate with the lowest catch volume by the end of April 2014 was the Muscat governorate with 3,852 tons by the end of April 2014, compared with 4,604 tons reflecting a fall of 16.3%.

Regarding the fish landed by traditional fishery by species in 2013, the report revealed that demersal fish increased by 4.5% during the January-April 2014 period to 20,382 tons landed, compared with 19,497 tons landed during the same period in 2013. Large pelagic fish recorded a decline of 6.9% with 18,058 tons landed by the end of April 2014, compared with 19,406 tons landed during the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, small pelagic fish increased marginally by 1.4% from 26,511 tons landed by the end of April 2013 to 26,871 tons landed by the end of April 2014. The amount of sharks and rays landed by the end of April 2014 stood at 2,641 tons compared with 2,472 tons, representing an increase of 6.8%. The overall volume of landed crustaceans increased by 35.2%, going from 216 tons landed by the end of April 2013 to 292 tons landed by the end of April 2014. Molluscs also increased by 9.5% with 610 tons landed by the end of April 2014, compared with 557 tons landed during the same period in 2013. Other unidentified fishes declined by 25.6% with 430 tons landed during the same period, compared with 578 tons landed by the end of April 2013.

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