Sultanate’s fish production increases by 24 per cent

ROME: Fish production in the Sultanate has increased by 24 per cent in 2017 to touch 348,000 tonnes and 39 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015.
This was stated by Dr Hamad bin Said al Oufi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, during the 33rd Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), organised by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at its headquarters in Rome from July 9-13. He said that the Sultanate is determined to enhance production especially from fisheries whose potential is not properly tapped to increase production to above 1.3 million tonnes by 2023. The official said that the Sultanate has more than 25,000 artisanal fishing vessels and boats which provide source of income for more than 49,000 fishermen.— ONA