Muscat, Dec 9 (ONA) --- The total quantity of fish landed in the Sultanate reached 306,420 tons by the end of August 2019 compared to 311,254 tons during the same period of 2018, which is a drop of 1.6%, according to statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Traditional fishing practices in the Sultanate contributed to 294,365 tons of fish landings till the end of August 2019, constituting a fall of 4.6% over 308,547 tons in 2018. The total value of the fish stock was RO 168.191 million as at the end of 2019, representing a growth of 10.3% over RO 152.446 million in end of 2018.
The Governorate of Al Wusta had the highest fish landing at 98,100 tons, followed by the Governorate of South A'Sharqyiah at 68,998 tons, and the governorates of North and South Al Batinah at 43,869 tons.
The quantity of fish landed in the Governorate of Dhofar was 41,931 tons, and the quantity in the Governorate of Musandam was 26,114 tons. The landed quantity in the Governorate of Muscat stood at 15,353 tons.
According to fish landing by species, the largest quantity of fish landed by the end of August 2019 comprised small pelagic fishes at 181,635 tons, compared to 187,708 tons at the end of 2018, comprising a decrease by 3.2%.
The quantity of large pelagic fish fell by 11.3% to reach 56,457 tons by the end of August 2019 compared to 63,615 tons by the end of 2018.
The quantity of demersal fish landed reached 44,994 tons, comprising an increase of 6.5% compared to August 2018, which stood at 42,231 tons. Meanwhile, there was a decline in the quantity of sharks and rays by 39.6% and crustaceans and molluscs 14.1%.
Coastal fishing and commercial fishing contributed to about 2,283 tons and 9,773 tons of total fish landings, respectively, by the end of August 2019.