Muscat: Dr Saud bin Hamoud al Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, has issued a decision prohibiting the fishing and collection of abalone through the two seasons of 2020 and 2021.
The decision also bans the possession, processing or any kind of practice involving abalone during the prohibition period stated in the decision. This includes handling, transporting, selling, buying and exporting of abalone, as well as any other activity related to fishing, handling or trading in abalone.
The decision exempts quantities of abalone caught in the past seasons and registered at fisheries departments affiliated to the Ministry. Handling of those quantities has to be in accordance with licenses issued by the authorities concerned, according to the decision. –ONA