90 days of shrimp fishing along Oman’s coasts begin tomorrow

MUSCAT: Come September 1, the much awaited shrimp fishing season begins along the coasts of the Sultanate of Oman and will continue till November end.

The shrimp fishing season is concentrated in the Al Wusta and South Al Sharqiyah Governorates and a number of wilayats of the Dhofar Governorate.

Shrimp is important due to its economic importance and good financial return to the Omani fisherman.

The total production of the Sultanate of Oman during the artisanal fishing in 2021 season reached 1130 tons, of which 887 tons were landed in the Al Wusta Governorate, and 243 tons in the South Al Sharqiyah Governorate.

Its exports were 484 tons of shrimp, with a value of OMR 948,000.

In 2020, the production of shrimp reached 714 tons, a decrease of 17 percent from 2019, with a total value of about OMR 2 million, while the amount of its exports amounted to 341 tons, and about 374 tons were consumed locally.

Al Wusta Governorate ranked first in shrimp production, as it produced 74 percent of the total catch during the period from 2016-2020, and South Al Sharqiyah Governorate produced 21 percent of the total production.

Every year, the Sultanate of Oman witnesses several seasons of marine wealth that abounds in its territorial waters, and represents an economic and social importance that aims to enhance and sustain the stock of this ocean wealth.

Lobster fishing season begins on March 1 and lasts two months, while the squid fishing season begins on August 1 and lasts six months.

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